Everything's bigger in Texas

Ace-starved, playoff-hungry Rangers acquire Cliff Lee, send Justin Smoak to Seattle

Updated: July 10, 2010, 3:11 PM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

The last time the Texas Rangers were this relevant on a national scale, general manager Doug Melvin was standing on a podium at Major League Baseball's 2000 winter meetings announcing that the club had just signed Alex Rodriguez to a 10-year, $252 million contract. The deal was too outrageous to justify on any rational level, but owner Tom Hicks seemed determined to make waves in the American League West, and he sure talked like a guy with a plan.

We all know how that one worked out.

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