Lee's impact still felt by Rangers

Acquisition helped club earn World Series berth and was turning point for franchise

Updated: July 9, 2011, 4:41 PM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- A little over a year ago, Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels was feverishly punching keys on his Blackberry late Thursday night. Daniels was keeping contact with Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik, trying to figure out a combination of players that might entice the Mariners to ship ace Cliff Lee, the top player on the trade market, to the Rangers.

By Friday afternoon, Daniels was able to get the deal done. And by October, it transformed the Rangers' ...

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