Felix “King Felix” Hernandez is once again the undisputed ace of the last place Seattle Mariners after 2010 All-Star Pitcher Cliff Lee is traded to AL Wester Division Leading Texas Rangers.
The Mariners also send over RP Lowe and cash and get Rookie 1B Justin Smoak and 3 minor league prospect including last 2008 first round draft pick SP Blake Beaven.
Switch Hitting Smoak is hitting .209 with 8 HR, 34 RBI, 57 SO, 38 BB in 235 AB and has 1 SB. Considered one of the top young prospects in MLB Justin was a late addition to the trade and what appears to be the final piece that made Mariners GM Jack Z pull the trigger and send Lee who was 8-2 for Seattle and in the final year of his contract to the Division Rival.
I would like to get some fan response from both Mariner and Ranger fans following today’s big trade. How do you feel? Who got the better end of the Deal?