The Texas Rangers sent former Mariners reliever Mark Lowe to AAA today, and suddenly the Cliff Lee deal between Seattle and Texas last July is looking one-sided.
True, it helped get the Rangers to a World Series - something the Mariners have never done.
But as far as the players involved? Seattle has two of them on its 25-man roster, first baseman Justin Smoak and reliever Josh Lueke. The Rangers lost Lee to free agency, sent Lowe down.
And, to take it a step further, the Mariners also acquired minor league infielder Matt Lawson, who Jack Zduriencik traded to Cleveland this spring for pitcher Aaron Laffey.