Re: Cliff Lee
I think the team is on the brink of being a serious, multi-year contender, primarily because the pitching is improved vastly over what it's been at any time in the last ten years. It still isn't quite where it needs to be, but there is more depth of starting pitching available now than there has been in a long while. If it were an absolutely sure thing that Cliff Lee would get us two rounds into the playoffs, I'd consider trading Yonder Alonso, but, as mth123 points out, trading Jay Bruce is just self-defeating. I don't, however, consider Yonder Alonso blocked, even at first base, because I don't think it's anything like a lock that Joey Votto will be on this team for more than two more years. I guess for some of you younger folks who have never seen the team win anything, it'd be a big deal to win the division. To some of us older folks, it's not that much of a big deal. I want to see them win every game and be in contention every year. And I don't believe you can get to that goal by very short-term thinking.