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Cliff Lee: Cy Young To Sayonara

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Indians fans are upset that their team has traded away two consecutive Cy Young Award winners in CC Sabathia in July 2008 and Cliff Lee on Wednesday. In return, Cleveland has received eight prospects that management hopes will turn the club into a contender in the foreseeable future. Whether or not the players with potential turn into stars of substance will determine whether or not it was right.

Dealing away a Cy Young winner within a year or two after the big season on the mound is not without precedent, however. The very first winner of the award, Don Newcombe in 1956, was dealt on the trading deadline in 1958. Newcombe went 27-7 for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1956 at age 30 and was traded to the Cincinnati Reds for four players on June 15, 1958. That was after he went only 11-12 for the...

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