|Tampa Bay Rays – No. 52|
December 5, 1984 |
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|April 3, 2011 for the Seattle Mariners|
(through 2013 season)
|Earned run average||6.44|
Lueke was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 16th round of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft. On July 9, 2010, Lueke was traded to the Seattle Mariners along with Justin Smoak and fellow prospects Matt Lawson and Blake Beavan for Cliff Lee and Mark Lowe.
On April 3, 2011, he made his Major League Debut for the Mariners against the Oakland Athletics. He threw two-thirds of an inning giving up four runs on two hits. He also had two walks and two strikeouts.
On March 16, 2013, the Rays optioned Lueke to their triple A team the Durham Bulls.
Lueke was recalled by the Rays on September 1, 2013.
While in the Rangers organization Lueke was arrested following a May 2008 incident and charged with having committed rape and non-consensual sodomy. During the investigation Lueke lied to the police by denying he had sexual contact with the victim (an assertion proven false by DNA testing), and he pled no contest to lesser charges of false imprisonment with violence and was sentenced to 42 days in jail, time served prior to making bail.
After the July 9, 2010 trade which sent Lueke to the Seattle Mariners, team president Chuck Armstrong denied having any knowledge of Lueke’s criminal past and stated if he had any knowledge he would have stopped the deal with Texas. Team GM Jack Zduriencik said Texas stood by the completed deal after Armstrong instructed him to cancel the deal with Texas Rangers GM Jon Daniels. During trade negotiations Zduriencik asked Daniels why Lueke only played four games in the 2009 season and Daniels told the Mariners GM that Lueke was arrested after an incident involving a woman and Lueke was later acquitted. Daniels later apologized to Zduriencik for the misuse of acquittal when describing the events, but the two sides disagree on much of the rest of the communications between the two teams. Daniels did say the Rangers understood Seattle to know more about Lueke’s situation than what was directly discussed between the two parties, and according to former Mariners pitching coach Rick Adair, the Mariners did know about Lueke’s criminal troubles prior to the trade and the details of the criminal charges were common knowledge. Adair served as the Rangers minor-league pitching coordinator for the Rangers in the 2008 season before joining former Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu for the 2009 season. Wakamatsu and Adair were both fired from the Mariners following the trade deadline after a very disappointing 2010 season.
After the trade and public writings regarding the Lueke trade, scouting director Carmen Fusco was fired from the Mariners.
- Rangers acquire Lee from Mariners
- Elias Sports Bureau (April 4, 2011). "Josh Lueke Stats, News, Pictures". ESPN. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
- Erik Hahmann (November 27, 2011). "Rays Trade John Jaso to Mariners for Josh Lueke". DRaysBay. Retrieved November 27, 2011.
- Smith, Joe. "Rays callup Lueke seeks better results". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
- Jose Gaspar (Jun 18, 2009). "Details of alleged rape by baseball player emerge". bakersfieldnow.com. Retrieved September 15, 2010.
- STEVE KELLEY (September 7, 2010). "Seattle Mariners lack credibility in horrific Josh Lueke violence against women case". Vancouversun.com. Retrieved September 15, 2010.
- Geoff Baker (September 1, 2010). "Coach says Mariners were told of Josh Lueke's criminal past". The Seattle Times. Retrieved September 15, 2010.
- "Mariners cut ties with skipper Don Wakamatsu". MSNBC.com. August 9, 2010. Retrieved September 15, 2010.
- Larry Stone (September 13, 2010). "Mariners fire pro scouting director Carmen Fusco". The Seattle Times. Retrieved September 15, 2010.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)