Seattle's previous love affair with a tall, dominating lefty will likely end with a Mariners cap in Cooperstown. Cliff Lee didn't sling in Seattle anywhere

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Best Off-Season Acquisition

Cliff Lee

Seattle's previous love affair with a tall, dominating lefty will likely end with a Mariners cap in Cooperstown. Cliff Lee didn't sling in Seattle anywhere near as long as Randy Johnson did, and he's already a Texas Ranger. But once every five days for the first few months this season, he managed to make local baseball fans forget that they followed a flagrantly flawed team and remember what it was like to cheer for a southpaw with an attitude. Only a perfectionist like Lee could come into the season saying his goal was not to walk a single batter, and nearly pull off the impossible feat. Unfortunately, that's why he was too valuable a trade chip for a last-place team to keep. Oh, well. There's always next (off) season. —Caleb Hannan

 
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