David wrote:Of course we should! That would make my year! Although I somehow doubt Angelos will take that contract on.
David, I respect your enthusiasm but I see that as a monumental mistake.
We would be committing over 90M for the next four years for a guy that is on the downside of his career. If we could buy the LAST four years of his career for that money I couldn't write the check fast enough.
The reality is that Peter Angelos won't spend enough to buy Lee AND pay Matt Wieters
AND the rest of what we would need to be a perennial playoff team. His track record is VERY clear on that. The best guess is that the most money this team will spend is about 150 to 170% of what the Rays spend. That doesn't leave a lot for Lee's salary.
Finally, adding Cliff Lee does NOT fix 3B. 2B, 1B or the rest of our starting staff. Let's do that first and THEN think about adding someone like him.