Originally Posted by RedsManRick
He's going to be an .850 OPS RF who plays GG defense and is 23. I certainly don't trade 4 more years of that or better replaced by (who?) for 1/2 season of Cliff Lee instead of Bailey. Cliff Lee does not make this team WS caliber. And even if he did, that's a steep, steep price to pay.
I can't believe how some people want to act like Bruce is a finished product. The guy is 3 years younger than Votto. He's only 7 months older than Mike Leake.
I'm saying I don't care if he isn't a finished product. Lee makes the Reds a lot closer to a WS contender than Bruce.
Put it this way: without Lee and with Bruce, then the Reds are certainly not a WS contender this year--or next year, or the year after that. Who knows when they will be? WS contention isn't currently inside this organization. Maybe they draft a Lincecum and get over that hump in the meantime, but I doubt it.