Originally Posted by Falls City Beer
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.
The Reds aren't World Series Contenders with Lee, but without Bruce. They lose an 850+ OPS bat and gold glover in RF. The difference in value between whoever replaces Bruce and Bruce, will not be that different than the difference between Lee and whomever he replaces on the Reds.
Trading Bruce for Lee doesn't make the Reds any better in 2010 and a ton worse for the next 3-4 years. Really bad idea.