Originally Posted by _Sir_Charles_
I agree. Lee's excellent of course, but seriously, how many additional wins are we talking here? 4 wins is not worth losing some serious talent over the long haul. And that long term vision is what needs to be kept in the picture.
Winning a pennant, making the playoffs, and/or possibly winning the World Series is what needs to be kept in the picture too.
Lee not only can get you more wins (for the team) than the fifth starter candidates in Cincinnati, but he's also able to keep the pen rested, meaning they're much more likely to be better in other games. Not only that, those fifth starter candidates go from fifth starters to relievers. This typically makes a picher's stuff much, much better and more reliable, as he's able to stick with fewer pitches.
Lee by himself makes much of the pitching staff better pretty much by himself.