Already Gone: Long Awaited Cliff Lee Deal Finally Completed; Ace Lefty Traded from Seattle to Texas for Justin Smoak and Prospects.

It was all smiles when Cliff Lee arrived in Seattle, but it wasn't meant to be.

When grammy-winner Kelly Clarkson penned her hit “Already Gone” she wasn’t referring to the love between a man and a woman. Rather, Clarkson was alluding to the relationship between superstar pitcher Cliff Lee and the Seattle Mariners:

“Remember all the things we wanted (a World Series title); Now all our memories they’re haunted (a ruined chance at a long-term relationship); We were always meant to say goodbye (how ’bout just so long for now?)” 

“Even with our fists held high (seven wins in Lee’s last nine starts); It never would’ve worked out right (Seattle’s cursed after all); We were never meant for do or die (though we wish Beiber-mania would).” 

“I want you to know that it doesn’t matter; Where we take this road someone’s gotta go (either via free agency or trade); And I want you to know you couldn’t have loved me better (8-3, 2.34 ERA, 89 K’s/6 BB’s); But I want you to move on so I’m already gone (16 games out in division).” 

“Looking at you makes it harder (because he’s so very good); But I know that you’ll find another (please just don’t be the Yankees or Boston); That doesn’t always make you want to cry (or at least a team that can score runs).” 

Despite Kelly’s warning, losing Cliff Lee won’t be any less painful for Mariners’ fans. He was one of the few bright spots in an otherwise dismal season and his affable personality and dynamic stuff made Lee a lovable character among a team of bumbling oafs.

My head knew that Cliff Lee had to go, but my heart still refuses to believe it.

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