Re: Cliff Lee
i doubt anyone believes the team as is will be a serious world series contender. i think where the problem lies is that people differ on how to improve the team. for me one of the issues is that the team on the field doesn't have giant gaping holes. it does have a lot of question marks as to will the good players (say Gomes) keep it up? will the bad but talented players (Say Stubbs) improve? will the erratic players (Homer, Harang) show us their true colors? so if I was Walt i certainly wouldn't be going 'all in' on Cliff Lee & find out that its really some other position that needs help. also it may take a little more time to see if certain guys like Alonso or Chapman can help us this year. i just believe its too soon for the mega deal.
one thing i think Walt CAN do now is to weed out the dregs on the 25 man roster (sorry Cairo, Nix & Fisher) and replace them with better players. one potential problem i see with the team is the poor depth on the 25 man roster. this kind of approach could be cheap & would not prevent a big blockbuster deal later if it came together. so what might the team need? bench IF who can play 2B/3B & hit a little, left handed OF bat better than Nix & maybe another late inning reliever. i'd search through the rosters of the really bad teams looking for targets. who could be offer to get these guys? well it shouldn't take Alonso or Travis Wood. guys like Maloney, LeCure, Heisey or Valaika are the guys I am thinking of.