Re: Cliff Lee, anyone?
I agree that Freel for Lee would be a steal for the Reds.
I also agree that since Freel is injured and owed something like 7 million
over the next 2 years, he is worth very little (if anything) on the trade market.
Also, when Freel was healthy, he did not perform well.
I never liked giving Freel an extension. Freel is a utility man/4th OF, not a key
cog on the team. Plus, the extension was unlikely to save us any money. Bottom line
is that if Freel positioned himself to get a big arb raise, you just trade him off or
DFA him. (The odds of that happening were real low). The guy was a huge injury risk.
Dumb move by Wayne.
I think that since pitching is in short supply, Lee would attract interest from other
teams as well.
What might work: Coffey and a couple of B prospects (one project for another). I don't
know how much the Indians would like Coffey.
Since the Indians are loaded right now, they might be willing to gamble on some Reds
prospects that have a longer horizon. Shapario is always looking forward as well as the
present (The Crisp trade, for example). That is actually an advantage of dealing with the
Indians. They are a contender that really doesn't need that much immediate help, so they
may be willing to trade excess ML talent without getting ML talent in return. It all depends
on how much they've sowered on Lee. Speaking of which, the Reds should probe them about Sowers
as well. I doubt the Indians have given up on him, but it doesn't hurt to ask.
Thank you Walt and Bob for going for it in 2012 AND 2013!
Nov. 13, 2007: One of the greatest days in Reds history: John Allen gets the boot!