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This time last year, the Texas Rangers had received phone calls from other teams centered around third base prospect Justin Smoak. The Rangers weren't ready to give up one of the most highly-touted minor league prospects in any deal. Fast forward a year later, and the Rangers were again faced with the decision of trading away a guy they wouldn't deal last year. The Rangers were sweating the decision, knowing that this might be the right time and the right player in return to finally relent. On the other end of the phone were the Seattle Mariners, they wanted Smoak and they were ready to give up Cliff Lee in return. That's a deal that most teams would jump at, but not the Rangers. The Rangers turned the Mariners down and any chance of a deal seemed all but dead. Seattle went another directi ...

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