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Cliff Lee Is A Mariner Now, Everybody Relax

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As you've heard by now, the deal is finally official. I don't know if a "finally" is warranted, since this only took three days while the Erik Bedard trade a few years ago took seventeen months to complete, but this was such a winner from the beginning that the longer it dragged on, the more everyone couldn't help but get a little anxious. Alas, despite Bob Elliott's misdirection this morning, Tyson Gillies, Phillippe Aumont, and J.C. Ramirez are now officially Phillies, and Cliff Lee - Cliff freakin Lee - is now officially a Mariner.

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What's funny about a trade like this is that, by the time it's done, there's nothing left to say, because everything's already been discussed in the days leading up. So, yeah. I guess you can consider this your thread to voice elation that is 100% anxiety-free, because there's nothing left to stop us. The Seattle Mariners have two of the most talented and durable starting pitchers in baseball.

I won't say this is my favorite move the M's have ever made, but it has to be the biggest.