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Player In M’s Trade Faced Rape Count

The Mariners knew all about Josh Lueke’s 96-mph fastball when they acquired him from the Texas Rangers in the Cliff Lee deal. But Mariners executives insisted they knew nothing before the July 9 trade about the 25-year-old minor-leaguer facing felony charges in a rape and sodomy case in which he later pleaded no contest to a lesser charge. However, new information appears to contradict the Mariners’ original version of events. Former Mariners pitching coach Rick Adair said he told general manager Jack Zduriencik about Lueke’s troubles well before the deal/Geoff Baker, Seattle Times. More here.

Question: Should the Mariners have traded for a pitcher that they knew had faced felony charges in a rape and sodomy case in California?

Thiel: M’s Land Long-Term Slugger

Playing off the Yankees against the under-the-radar Rangers Friday morning, general manager Jack Zduriencik shrewdly snatched first baseman Justin Smoak, a 23-year-old with 30 home run power and plus-.900 OPS potential. Smoak may not be ready this season, his first in the majors, but every scouting report on him has a variation on the theme “studhoss.” ESPN’s Keith Law ranked him before the season as the No. 15 prospect in all baseball, and Baseball Prospectus ranked him a five-star (of five) prospect. The comparisons include Mark Teixeira and Adrian Gonzalez. Lee, magnificent as he has been, was never going to re-sign with the Mariners in free agency, just as he will never re-sign with the Rangers — two of the three teams left in baseball who have never made the World Series/Art Thiel, Seattle P-I. More here. (AP file photo: Justin Smoak doubing against Houston on June 20.)

Question: Could it be that Seattle will be the team that ultimately comes out on top — way on top — in this trade?

Stapilus: Dorn Is No Cliff Lee

Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn, pictured, (first elected not all that long ago, in 2008), evidently isn’t happy about his annual salary of $121,618. (Well, that was before he called it “a good salary,” maybe after rethinking his words.) Speaking to the House Ways and Means Committee a few days ago, he pointed out that he is paid less than 121 local school superintendents around the state – that’s not just larger urban district, but getting down into small rural ones with few kids, teachers or staff. And he compared his pay to the $9 million that Cliff Lee is paid by the Seattle Mariners to play baseball/Randy Stapilus, Ridenbaugh Press. More here.

Question: Do you get paid what you’re worth?

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