Cliff Lee and Jake Locker Make for Hot Stove Day During Cold Seattle Winter

Cliff Lee: Almost definitely not Erik Bedard 2.0.
This year has featured more than its fair share of rainy days for the Seattle sports fan. The Seahawks can't stay healthy. The Mariners won more than they should have and still finished in third place. The Huskies won five more games than last year, but still not enough to make it to .500. And to top it off, the most talked about local film focused on the de-Sonics'ing of the Emerald City.

But yesterday. Ahh, yesterday the sun shone on Seattle's sports fans like no day before it this year.

First Husky quarterback Jake Locker formally announced his intention to return for his senior year. (And in the process, probably lost out on some coin.) Then, the Mariners inserted themselves into the offseason's biggest trade.

In a blockbuster that featured two Cy Young award winners, the Mariners swapped a couple prospects (none of whom are Michael Saunders or Brandon Morrow) for Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee, who received the Toronto Blue Jays' ace Roy Halladay in the three-team trade.

Lee is only under contract for one more year (at a very reasonably seven-figure rate). So it's possible that 2010 will be the only season featuring the jaw-dropping back-to-back combo of him and King Felix. But focusing on that is like thinking about tomorrow when it's sunny today. Who cares? Just get some rays while the gettin' is good.

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