Originally Posted by MWM
Maybe I just think Cliff Lee is a lot better than others do. That's possible. I've seen how he's pitched down the stretch in pennant races and how he's pitched in the actual playoffs. I think he's a HUGE upgrade over Volquez, especially coming off surgery.
In reality, if you don't have a guy like Lee, getting to the playoffs is pointless. My willingness to pay a steep price for that guy if it meant they were legit WS contenders is because he's one of only a small handful of pitchers who can actually get a team to the WS. That's rare and something worth paying for.
I get it, but w/o Bruce they still aren't legit contenders. Votto, Bruce, Rolen and those are your good position players. Others are serviceable stop gaps, but only these three are good players IMO. Take one away and it won't matter if you have 5 Cy Young winners in the rotation.
If I thought Dealing Bruce for Lee would guarantee 2010, I'd be for it, but w/o Bruce, getting Lee won't matter.