Cliff Lee is a Mariner.
After much speculation and a lot of waiting, the former Cy Young winner will be a Mariner next season.
Despite reports of a three-team deal, it was just a straight trade with the Phillies with Lee coming to Seattle for Phillippe Aumont, Tyson Gillies and JC Ramirez.
From the press release . ..
"We are very excited to have Cliff Lee on-board in the Seattle organization," GM Jack Zduriencik said "It goes without saying what a quality pitcher and competitor he is and what he will mean to our ballclub and organization.
"I also want to congratulate Philadelphia and Toronto on how this whole deal was handled. We gave up three very nice prospects to Philadelphia. I think they will be a nice piece of the Phillies future, and I want to thank Tyson, Phillippe and JC, and let them know we'll be rooting for them as they progress towards the Majors. It was not an easy decision for us, but we could not pass up the opportunity to add a pitcher a Lee's ability to our Major League team."
Lee, 31, went 14-13 with a 3.22 ERA in 231.2 IP in 34 starts in 2009 combined between the Indians (7-9, 3.14) and Phillies (7-4, 3.39). He was acquired by the Phillies on July 29 in a six-player trade and was an integral part to the Phillies second consecutive trip to the World Series.But it was the postseason where Lee was absolutely stellar.In five postseason starts, Lee went 4-0 with 2 complete games and a 1.56 ERA (7 ER, 40.1 IP). In Game 1 of the World Series, Lee struck out 10 and did not allow an earned run in a complete-game victory over the Yankees. He became only the second pitcher in World Series history to throw a complete-game victory in which he had double-digit strikeouts and did not allow a walk. The other pitcher to accomplish this was the Pirates Deacon Phillippe, in Game 1 of the 1903 World Series. He also became just the eighth starting pitcher in postseason history to post at least four wins and sub 2.00 ERA.
In 2008, he won the AL Cy Young Award posting a 22-3 record with a 2.54 ERA for the Indians. That season, he led the AL in wins and ERA, and tied for the third-highest winning percentage (.880) in MLB history (1876-2009) by a 20-game winner. He was also named the AL Comeback Player of the Year and the AL Pitcher of the Year by the MLBPA/Players Choice & Sporting News.
Lee has posted a 90-52 record with a 3.97 ERA in his eight Major League seasons. Over the last two seasons, he has combined to go 36-16 with a 2.89 ERA (146 ER, 455.0 IP) in 65 starts. During that span, he ranks T2nd in wins, 3rd in complete games (10), T3rd in shutouts (4) and 7th in ERA among all Major League pitchers.
The Mariners gave up three good if not fantastic prospects.
Only 21 years old, Aumont split the season between High Desert (A) and West Tennessee (AA) appearing in 44 games in relief. He finished a combined 2-6 with 16 saves and a 3.88 ERA, while striking out 59 in 51.0 innings of work. He was the 11th pick overall of the 2007 draft. The M's - under then GM Bill Bavasi - drafted Aumont as a starter but questions about durability and a hip condition have led to speculation as the reason he was shifted to a reliever.
Gillies, 21, hit .341 (170x498) with 104 runs scored, 17 doubles, 14 triples, 9 home runs and 42 RBI in 124 games with High Desert (A) in 2009. He was a member of World squad in the 2009 Future's game. Gillies was originally selected by the Mariners in the 25th round of the 2006 June draft.
Ramirez, 21, went 8-10 with a 5.12 ERA (81 ER, 142.1 IP) in 28 games (27 starts) with High Desert (A) in 2009. He originally signed with the Mariners as a non-drafted free agent on July 2, 2005.