Immediate reaction to the news that Cliff Lee and Mark Lowe have been traded to the Texas Rangers for first baseman Justin Smoak and three others (via Facebook):
The deal is now being confirmed. Which means….F***IN RIGHT! WE GOT JUSTIN SMOAK! HOLY SH*T! HOLY SH*T! WE WIN! WE WIN! JACK Z., I’M HAVING YOUR BABY TONIGHT! LET’S GO! LET’S GO! MARINERS, BABY! MARINERS! THAT’S MY F***IN TEAM RIGHT THERE! THAT’S MY TEAM! BEEN WITH YOU SINCE I WAS BORN! LOVE YOU GUYS! LOVE YOU GUYS! JUSTIN SMOAK BABY! JUSTIN F***IN SMOAK! F*** YEAH!
Justin Smoak, for the win.
I love you, Jack.
Even on a day when you sign a contract, you’re overshadowed. Such is the life of a middle reliever with a 100-mph fastball.
The Seattle Mariners avoided arbitration with righthanded pitcher Mark Lowe on Tuesday, agreeing to terms on a one-year, $1.15 million deal.
It just so happened to be the same day the team also reupped with closer David Aardsma (one year, $2.75 million), and reached a preliminary agreement on a five-year contract extension with one Felix Hernandez. So yeah, you might not have noticed that Lowe was returning.
The 26-year-old Texas native made the major league minimum salary in each of his first four seasons in the league. The annual income of $1.15 million for the 2010 season is more than twice what Lowe was making a year ago.
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