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July 9, 2010 at 2:50 PM

Mariners manage to land Justin Smoak in trade for ace pitcher Cliff Lee, reliever Mark Lowe

With all of the names we’ve seen bandied about the past week or so in connection with a Cliff Lee trade, the one they finally landed from the Texas Rangers this afternoon may be the best of them all.
The Mariners are going to announce at 3:15 p.m. that they have acquired first base prospect Justin Smoak, Class AA pitchers Blake Beavan and Josh Lueke, along with Class AA infielder Matthew Lawson. Seattle sends Lee and reliever Mark Lowe, a Texas native from the Houston area, and more than $2 million in cash to the Rangers.
David Pauley is starting tonight, BTW. What, you thought the M’s would throw Michael Pineda to the Yankee wolves without an effective change-up? You nuts? Hey, we’re all going a little nuts today. On to the trade.


This deal came about as the Mariners and Yankees were trying to nail down a Lee trade earlier today.
From what I’m told, Yankees GM Brian Cashman actually had contact with Lee’s camp today to tell him a deal was near. But then, things came apart at the final hours.
The M’s apparently didn’t like what they saw in medical reports on David Adams, the AA second baseman who would have been the secondary player in a package fronted by Jesus Montero. Adams has a sprained ankle and has missed nearly seven weeks of action.
Lowe is also hurt, but his inclusion in the deal allows the Rangers to better sell this move to their fan base. They gave away a heck of a lot in Smoak, a switch-hitting 23-year-old who posted a 1.010 OPS in 50 ABs down at Class AAA Oklahoma City this season, but has seen the majority of his playing time with the major league club.
For the Rangers, he’s hitting .209 with a .670 OPS, but he’s got a ton of upside.

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