Comments Off on MLB Trade Rumors: Cliff Lee for Justin Smoak Trade Failure for Seattle Mariners
Well it has happened and it happened within the division, and most Mariner fans are sad to see Cliff Lee go—I would be lying if I said I wasn’t one of them.   Lee was traded to the Texas Rangers today for Justin Smoak, a few Double-A arms, and a second baseman. A lot of people are very excited about adding Smoak to the Mariners. We needed a big, strong, powerful bat—a guy to take over at first base. Surely this does mean that Casey Kotchman is on his way out of town and Smoak will be getting the majority of starts at first from here on out. I really don’t see that though and I think it would be stupid to have Smoak playing at first immediately. Smoak has struggled so far this season in a hitter’s ballpark and now is coming to Safeco where good hitters go ...

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