Is Cliff Lee to Texas the Right Move?

Posted: 9th July 2010 by Nathaniel Ballance in MLB
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Only moments after pulling out of an "imminent" deal with New York for lefty ace Cliff Lee, Seattle has reportedly agreed to send Lee along with reliever Mark Lowe to Texas in exchange for first baseman Justin Smoak and three other prospects. We'll have to wait and see who the three other prospects are, but this is still a strange move for the Rangers regardless. With severe financial troubles, the Rangers will be hard pressed to resign Cliff Lee to an extension following the season, so he is most likely a three-month rental.  With the Mariners sending cash that will cover some but not all of Lee's remaining salary, one might question the Rangers taking on salary when their current financial position does not lend themselves to do so. With MLB subsidizing the Texas Rangers, is taking ...

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