Re: Cliff Lee
wow. i could not disagree more with the folks who hate the Twins model.
#1 going all in when the team is close may give you a shot at winning in the playoffs but it sets you back big time. the Reds don't have the depth in the system to make some 4 for 1 trade for Cliff Lee or some other star. winning 77games 9 out of 10 years then trading away the farm for a shot in year 10 doesn't seem to be a good plan
#2 several teams way worse than the Twins have won it all. see the 2006 Cards. goal number one should be to get into the playoffs. once there anything goes.
#3 its possible the Twins/As model hasn't had more playoff success because they play in the AL. you have to get by the power house mega payroll teams to get a shot in the series. whereas in the NL the competition is better.
#4 Perhaps the Twins model hasn't done better because they lack the TOR starters needed for playoff success. well the Reds of 2010-2015 should have these guys.