Four Former Kings Involved in Lee Deal
Left-to-right: Beavan, Smoak, Lueke and Lawson, all ’08 LumberKings
You’ve already seen the breaking news…the Seattle Mariners (our current parent club) have shipped All-Star lefty Cliff Lee to the Texas Rangers (our previous parent club) for four players, including first-baseman Justin Smoak.
Smoak, alongside right-handers Blake Beavan and Josh Lueke and infielder Matt Lawson all played in Clinton during the 2008 season. Smoak, Beavan and Lawson were all part of the team during the 2008 Midwest League Playoffs.
It’s unlikely that we’ll see ANY of them come back through Clinton, as all were above double-A at the time of the trade. Beavan had recently made the move to triple-A Oklahoma City, while Lawson and Lueke were in double-A Frisco. And, well, Smoak is a big-leaguer. It remains to be seen if there will be any shifting amongst the upper levels to accomodate the new acquisitions.
Stay tuned to the LumberBlog for more details.