T.R.’s Memoirs: How Jon Daniels came to lead Rangers’ most successful era (Part 4)
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Editor’s note: T.R. Sullivan covered the Texas Rangers over 32 years for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and MLB.com and is sharing his “memoirs” with this newsletter.
In this six-part installment, Sullivan covers Jon Daniels 17 years as Rangers general manager. Part 4 begins with the trade that put the Rangers in the World Series.
The Rangers started off the 2010 season slow, but so did the rest of the division. On June 7, the Mariners came to town for a four-game series.
The Mariners were in last place in the division but won the opener, 4-2, behind a complete-game performance from Cliff Lee. The Mariners had acquired Lee the previous winter from the Phillies even though he was going to be a free agent after the season.
Lee, the 2007 American League Cy Young winner, was still pitching like a No. 1 starter, but the Mariners were fading from contention. It was obvious the Mariners would be willing — eager even — to trade him before the July 31 deadline.