Mystery Team After Cliff Lee
By Tim Dierkes [June 28 at 2:22pm CST]
A mystery team is pursuing Cliff Lee, tweets Ed Price of AOL FanHouse. According to Price, the Cardinals "may be it." Price believes that top prospect Shelby Miller is a possible chip.
Six years of Miller would be an impressive return for two-plus months of Lee, but the Cardinals would have to be intrigued by the possibility of having three aces in the rotation. Drafted out of high school, Miller is a few years away from the Majors but is said to have number one starter stuff. Since the Cardinals signed the first-round pick on August 17th of last year, he could only be traded as a player to be named later (named after a year has passed from the time of his signing).
Last time it was a "mystery team" pursuing a top lefty, it was the Reds after Chapman. Is it possible for history to repeat itself? If not, could the Reds stay in contention if the Cards get Lee? Shelby Miller is a hefty price to pay, but I'm sure the Reds could match if they are willing to deal Travis Wood. Wood's upside isn't as great but he's obviously a lot closer to the majors. I'd have to imagine 2 of Wood, Mesoraco, and Alonso would get it done for the Reds.
Maybe while we're at it we could rope in Brandon League as well. He would certainly bolster the bullpen.