Multiple sources are reporting that the Seattle Mariners have traded starting pitcher Cliff Lee and reliever Mark Lowe to the Texas Rangers for first baseman Justin Smoak and three others.
This flew in the face of every other report that had the Mariners other-ace heading to the Yankees as a done deal...
Earlier in the day in the New York Post, the Yankees were planning on sending prized catching prospect Jesus Montero to Seattle as part of a package deal.
Other teams reportedly interested in the 31-year-old veteran were the Mets and Twins.
According to CBS11/KTVT's Gina Miller and her Twitter Feed, Smoak walked out of a meeting a few minutes ago in the Rangers clubhouse.
A 6PM eastern presser had been scheduled and the Rangers clubhouse was closed to reporters and other non-Rangers personnel.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post has the deal as: RHP Blake Beavan, OF Matthew Lawson, reliever Cory Lueke, and Justin Smoak for Lee, reliever Mark Lowe, and cash to cover Lee's salary since the Rangers are in bankruptcy proceedings at present.
SI's Jon Heyman adds that Chris Davis is being called up to the big club for Texas.
Here's a little bit of the press conference explaining the trade with the front office and Rangers Manager Ron Washington
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Here's what Mariners fans are missing with the trade
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