Rangers land Lee in trade with Mariners
As first reported by the New York Post, the Rangers landed the ace left-hander and relief pitcher Mark Lowe from the Mariners in exchange for first baseman Justin Smoak, right-handed pitchers Blake Beavan and Josh Lueke, and second baseman/outfielder Matt Lawson.
The Rangers are receiving $2.25 million from the Mariners in the deal.
Lee, whose salary is $9 million, is still owed more than $4 million for the rest of this season. Lowe, who might return from back surgery in September, is earning a $1.15 million salary this year.
The Yankees had emerged as the front-runner earlier Friday before a proposed deal stalled because of the Mariners’ concerns over an ankle injury to one of the three players they would have received, Double-A second baseman David Adams, major-league sources said.
"You just don't do business that way," one Yankee official said. Others in the organization were more understanding of the circumstances.
The Yankees believed they had a deal with Seattle, but the Mariners took the package to the Rangers and said if Smoak were included, the deal would be done.
Once the Rangers put Smoak in a formal offer for the first time, Lee was theirs.
Earlier Friday, the Mariners were set to accept a package of three prospects from the Yankees for Lee — Adams, Triple-A catcher Jesus Montero and Triple-A right-hander Zach McAllister, sources said.
Montero was the centerpiece of the deal. Adams was widely reported to be the second piece.
Lee, a 31-year-old left-hander, is 8-3 with a 2.34 ERA this season. He was scheduled to pitch against the Yankees in Seattle on Friday night.