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Rangers Win Lee Sweepstakes

Jim Callis -

With the Brewers' playoff hopes flagging, Carlos Lee's decision to turn down a four-year, $48 million contract extension on Thursday sealed his fate in Milwaukee. Rather than lose him as a free agent after the season, the Brewers traded the much-coveted slugger to the Rangers on Friday morning. Instead of dealing him for a package of youngsters, Milwaukee targeted players who can help now and in the near future, getting Kevin Mench, Francisco Cordero and Laynce Nix. The lone prospect the Brewers landed was low Class A lefthander Julian Cordero, and they also sent Triple-A outfielder Nelson Cruz to Texas.

Majors | #2006#Trade Central