Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Felix Hernandez has agreed to a 5 year contract with the Mariners for about 80 million pending a physical. This deal happened on Monday, so what does this mean for Cliff Lee? Does anyone think that what the Phils did with Lee was all part of a master plan? Do you think that they let Cliff Lee go this year for prospects all to get him back the following year? I mean the Mariners most likely will not be able to extend Cliff now that they have signed Hernandez through 2015. With all the money the M's have spent this off season, I cannot see them being able to sign Lee without crippling their payroll. They are a small market team that probably cant afford to keep both pitchers. If they do extend Lee, i can only see it jeopardizing the future of the club. I am convinced that the Phils let go of Lee in the hopes of not only replacing their farm system, but in hopes that he will return the following year. With Jamie Moyer's contract expiring at the end of the year, they will have that 8 million to put toward a bid on Lee in next year's off season. It is actually a genius move if the Phils can pull this off. If Lee commands anywhere from 16-18 million next year, the Phils could bring him back with the extension that he wanted in the first place. On top of that, the Phils acquired top prospects from the Mariners, to give up Lee for one year just to get him right back in 2011. If this could be pulled off it may go down as one of the most greatest moves any club has ever made.
Posted by Sec202 at 2:00 PM