Where there is Smoak there is fire

It looks like the Rangers pulled the trade off.

I’ve checked a few different sites and they are all saying the Rangers top young hitter, Justin Smoak, will be heading to Seattle and difference making ace Cliff Lee is going to the sauna known as Arlington.

And it looks like the Mariners don’t give a damn about my advice.

It will be odd to see Cliff Lee wear a Rangers uniform for the first time in the All Star Game… but this is a strange time of year.

So now we see if Texas is for real.

I wasn’t buying them last month… and I still won’t believe this team until they are STILL in first place after Labor Day.

But color me impressed.

The Rangers are going for it.

Astros and Roy Oswalt… you are on the clock.

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Hey Mariners… how about waiting until Thursday to make a deal?

It appears that Cliff Lee might not be heading to the Yankees after all.
It is a shame because so many columnists and bloggers had their stories already written talking about how this means we NEED a salary cap and it isn’t fair and blah blah blah.

I admit, I threw up in my mouth a little when I heard the Yankees were on the verge of getting him, but that had nothing to do with payroll. That had to do with me being unhappy when ANYTHING positive happens with the Yankees.

Is Cliff Lee heading to Minnesota for Wilson Ramos?

Is Cliff Lee heading to Texas for Justin Smoak?

Will Cliff Lee join LeBron, Wade and Bosh with the Heat?

First of all, hold off on the deal until after the All Star Game.


Well first of all it means that Cliff Lee gets to face the Yankees (and hopefully beat them) tonight.

Secondly, Lee is going to the All Star Game. If he gets traded now, he will be making his first appearance in a Twins/Rangers/Yankees/Mets/Bridgeport Blue Fish uniform at the All Star Game.

That’s just strange. Have his regular season farewell to the Mariners be a win against the Yankees and the last time the baseball fans see him as a Mariner in Anaheim this week.

Yeah the season hasn’t gone as GM Jack Zduriencik planned… but at least he’ll be able to say “I acquired an All Star.”

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Make a deal, Astros…

Seriously… I’ve been telling you for years to swing a deal for Roy Oswalt… how can his stock get any higher?
He just threw a freaking one hit complete game shutout.
Granted it was against the Pirates, but still. It counts.
Swing a deal.
If the offer for Cliff Lee from Minnesota is real, then he is Twin bound.
So Oswalt will be the best available pitcher on the trade market.
Maybe with the White Sox! They just lost Jake Peavy and they have a penchant for dealing away prospects.
Make that deal before Oswalt walks off the mound with a season ending injury a la Peavy.
But figure it out.
And maybe see if you can throw in Lance Berkman as well.
I mean when is his value going to get higher then when he smacks 2 homers out of the yard.
Pull that trigger Astros.
You get nothing by doing nothing.

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