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Thoughts on Cliff Lee

Thoughts on Cliff Lee

I, like many Rangers fans, were quietly hoping for Cliff Lee to be the opening day starter for the Rangers come next season. But in the end, I am glad he isn’t.  Why would I not one of the best pitchers in baseball not on the team? Let me tell you.

The Rangers typically have to overpay for pitching to get the high quality arms to come pitch in what is simply a hitter’s paradise. As the temperature heats up in Arlington, baseball start to fly out of the park.  And it gets hot in Arlington. Having to overpay for the #1 free agent pitcher on the market just doesn’t make sense in the long run.

I would have loved to see the Rangers sign Lee for 5 years, but Lee said it would take a 7 year deal from the Rangers to get it done. Thanks, but no thanks. For a pitcher his age, its just not worth the long term, and very expensive, investment. Especially since there are other options out there. Zach Greinke anyone?

The Rangers have been building their team on young talent with a mix of older veterans. Just the way you should build a team. Overpaying for 1 player that could haunt you after a few years as he weights down your team with a hefty salary and not much production is not good for business. Not to say that Lee would be unproductive in the last years of the contract, but odds are he wouldn’t be the ace he is now.

So what should the Rangers do now? Go after Zach Greinke and/or Matt Garza. The Rangers have a solid foundation for a rotation and with the addition of another solid arm or two, they would once again be on the right track for another playoff run.

Another option I have heard tossed around is to sign a closer and move Neftali Feliz back to a starter. I am not sure what the Rangers actually think of this, but in the long run I think this is the plan. But how do you mess with a young kid who was just dominate as your closer? I hope to see him anchoring the bullpen again next season.

All in all, I am glad Cliff Lee is not a Yankee even though he is not a Ranger. Add on top of that that the Angels did not get Carl Crawford and the Rangers have had a good off-season already. If they can land Greinke or Garza through a trade, it will be a really good off-season.

Now what to do at DH?

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2 Responses to “Thoughts on Cliff Lee”

  1. Leon says:

    Sure, who wouldn’t want Cliff Lee… but is he worth $24 mill a year? Does it not scare you when even the Yankees aren’t willing to pay that much?

    Santana a few years ago was considered the sure thing in a decent economy. Halladay, sure – pay him. I don’t know that Cliff Lee is the best pitcher in the league. I think we’ll be laughing in June when the Phillies are playing .500 ball and Lidge is out as closer. For all the hype of the best rotation in history, anything short of 105 wins will be a failure.

    What’s up with Vlad? He’s not the DH still?

  2. Vlad only signed a 1 year deal and is a free agent right now. They might bring him back but I was hoping they would bring in a Dunn or Konerko or someone.

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