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Updated: July 9th, 2010 2:32pm
The dream is dead: Cliff Lee headed to Texas

The dream is dead: Cliff Lee headed to Texas

by Phil Mackey
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The Cliff Lee dream is dead for the Twins.

The Rangers have acquired Lee from the Mariners in exchange for 1B Justin Smoak, RHP Blake Beavan, OF Matthew Lawson and LHP Cory Luebke, according to multiple reports.

This story took multiple turns on Friday, starting with multiple reports that had the Yankees and Mariners on the verge of a deal that would send Lee to New York for prospects C Jesus Montero, 2B David Adams and RHP Zach McAllister.

The New York Post and ESPN's Buster Olney both said talks between New York and Seattle broke down due to concerns over Adams' ankle.

Earlier this week, the Twins had reportedly offered two packages -- one that revolved around Kevin Slowey and Wilson Ramos, and another that involved Ramos and Aaron Hicks. The validity of these offers from the Twins is unknown.

Olney reports the Mariners have also chipped in some money to help the cash-strapped Rangers pay for the remainder of Lee's $9 million salary.

Smoak, 23, was rated as the 13th-best prospect in baseball heading into 2010. He has struggled as the starting first baseman in Texas so far this year, posting a .209/.316/.353 line with eight home runs in 275 plate appearances, but scouts love his plate discipline and power potential.

Smoak posted a .293/.411/.461 line with 17 home runs in 599 career minor league plate appearances.

It remains to be seen if the Twins will turn their attention to Roy Oswalt or another target.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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In this story: Wilson Ramos, Kevin Slowey