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08-02-2012, 05:56 PM
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We do realize how much money Cliff Lee is owed and how he's not worth anything approaching that at this point, right?

The guy is owed $25 million each of the next three seasons and then a $27.5 million option in 2016 (when he'll be 37) that carries a $12.5 million buyout...but the year can become triggered by reaching any one of a series of innings pitched milestones.


That's unrealistic. Even if our owner wasn't a crook and had the Pirates sitting at a ~$90 million payroll, that's still be 30% of the payroll tied up in a pitcher on the downturn.

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