Originally Posted by dougdirt
While clearly Lee>Bailey or anyone else on our staff, I am not sure Lee adds more than 2-3 wins over any of them to the teams total. Would still go after him though. Just going to do all that I can to package the deal around guys not named Wood and Mesoraco. Frazier, Alonso, Francisco, Maloney, Klinker, Boxberger..... all fair game (not in the same trade of course).
But here's what I see Homer has given us this year:
1-2 5.51 ERA 1.48 WHIP
LeCure was 1-4 with a 4.86 ERA and 1.7 WHIP
Maloney and Wood may be better (Wood especially) but I think we are looking at average at best over the rest of the season. With Harang out, that means two of the four names listed above are going to get significant playing time until Volquez comes back (another wild card).
I could maybe see the argument that Wood is the real deal, but Lee is one of the best pitchers in the game..
Let's say the best kid goes 9-9 over 18 starts. That's pretty realistic. Don't you think Lee could do better than 11-7? I know W-L isn't the greatest stat in the world, but I really think Lee would win more than 2-3 games with this team. The alternatives just aren't that good (or are at least much more unknown, in the case of Volquez).
I also think that the NL Central race is going to be very close. 2-3 more wins might be the difference in making the playoffs and not making it.
Thank you Walt and Bob for going for it in 2012 AND 2013!
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