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Friday, July 28, 2006

Interesting move by the Rangers

The Texas Rangers made the first big splash of baseball's trading season -- landing Milwaukee slugger Carlos Lee for a package of outfielders Kevin Mench and Laynce Nix and pitchers Francisco Cordero and Julio Cordero (no relation).

This is the second big move under the direction of 28-year-old general manager John Daniels and it is the first one to include a big-name offensive player.

The Rangers' offense, usually the team's calling card, hasn't been up to its usual standards this season. So grabbing Lee was a smart move in that sense. However, Texas still could use a solid pitcher or two.

Couple that with the fact Lee will be a free agent in two months (2 1/2 if Texas reaches the playoffs) and it makes the move, at first, look like a bit of a stretch. Now, if the Rangers are able to re-sign Lee, it becomes a great move by a rookie GM.

But after owner Tom Hicks' decision to give one player a massive contract in 2000 (Alex Rodriguez), it's hard to see Lee staying in Texas, especially after he turned down a 4-year, $48 million offer from Milwaukee before being dealt.


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