Friday, July 09, 2010
Rangers Acquire Cliff Lee From Mariners
I like this more for the M's than the Rangers, because the M's weren't going anywhere and needed to restock their farm system anyway, and the Rangers had prospects to spare. The Rangers, on the other hand, only get this year with Lee and there's no indication (as I write this) that Lee will accept or negotiate an extension with Texas before he becomes a free agent. It solves the M's first base problem (no, Casey Kotchman was never going to be the guy to fix it), gives them some pitching, and a nice little throw-in, too.
Update: Lueke was apparently involved in a date rape in Bakersfield. Cringe. Maybe that's why the Rangers were pleased to let him go.
Rangers want a ring. They've never come close. This gets them nearer that goal.
I don't think that sample is all that predictive. They now have a starting four of Lee, Lewis, Wilson and Hunter. The lowest ERA+ in that group is 131+. A couple may be pitching well above their talent, but I'm not going to bet on their failure.