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Rangers Get Lee in Trade With Brewers

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

The Texas Rangers acquired Carlos Lee from the Milwaukee Brewers, who traded their All-Star outfielder on Friday after failing to sign him to a contract extension.

“It became very evident that we weren’t going to be able to keep Carlos at the end of the season,” Brewers General Manager Doug Melvin said. “We gave it our best shot and, at that point, we started entertaining the offers from a number of clubs.”

The Brewers got reliever Francisco Cordero and outfielders Kevin Mench and Laynce Nix from the Rangers. Melvin, who said he talked to six teams about Lee, acquired all of those players in Texas when he was the general manager there.

Melvin said he talked to six teams about Lee, but settled on Texas because of the “major-league-ready” players involved and his familiarity with them.

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The Philadelphia Phillies traded third baseman David Bell to the Milwaukee Brewers for minor league pitcher Wilfrido Laureano.... The San Diego Padres sent pitcher Chan Ho Park home to have further tests on a lower digestive tract ailment.... David Wells, who hasn’t pitched since May 26, will return to the Boston Red Sox rotation on Monday and start against the Cleveland Indians, Manager Terry Francona said.

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The Angels this week asked a state appellate court to reconsider a judge’s ruling that the city of Anaheim is not liable for any of the estimated $7 million the team spent to defend itself in a lawsuit filed by the city.

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Anaheim has asked the same court to review a jury finding that the Angels’ addition of Los Angeles to their name did not violate their stadium lease.

The appeals from the team and the city are expected to be considered concurrently, probably next year.


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