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.
“The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile, but that it is indifferent. If we can come to terms with this indifference and accept the challenges of life within the boundaries of death, our existence as a species can have genuine meaning and fulfillment. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.” - Stanley Kubrick
Yes, an arbitration eligible closer making $4.1 million this year will make a huge dent in a $100+ million contract.
There is no circumstance where trading for Cliff Lee makes any sense. Hell, Hammer has a lot more trade value than Lee does right now simply because he's not attached to an albatross contract. This would be like signing Hal Gill to a 35+ $13 million a year deal for four years because we want a defensive defenseman today.
Last edited by Big McLargehuge: 08-02-2012 at 06:19 PM.