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    Cliff Lee signs with Phillies

    From Mlbtraderumors.com

    If you believe in the mystery team, the lefty may have three legitimate suitors. Otherwise, it's just the Yankees and Rangers. The top bullets have the latest:

    The unidentified third team is only willing to go four or five years, writes George A. King III of the New York Post.


    Its a longshot that we are the mystery team or that there is a mystery team at all, but my only hope is that I heard one baseball analyst saying that if an owner really wants a player sometimes he will tell the GM to go get him and he will pay for him separate from the budget. I know Walt tried hard to get Lee during the season, you have to think if we were willing to trade prospects to get him then maybe we were willing to spend the money to sign him long term.

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    Re: Do you think we could be the mystery team?

    Not a chance in the world.

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    Re: Do you think we could be the mystery team?

    I always like to think that.. But I can't see this team spending $20+ million for the next 6-7 years on Lee. I'd love to see this team make a splash like that.. But just don't think it's financially fiesable.
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    Re: Do you think we could be the mystery team?

    I agree. There's about a zero percent chance we are the mystery team. I could see that mystery team being either the Angels, Cubs, Nats, or the Red Sox (how big of a dagger would that be?).
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    Re: Do you think we could be the mystery team?

    Given their previous interest in Lee, their ability to be "creative" with contracts, and the fact they swooped in quietly on Chapman, I don't put it past them. But with the microscope that's on these negotiations, I'm guessing no.
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    It is Christmas time. So why not wish for it. The Reda have not been in their current position since 1995. So who knows what may happen. Getting over the hump is what needs to happen.

    Maybe we get Lee and then trade a starter to the Royals for Greinke.

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    Re: Do you think we could be the mystery team?

    I think it's just Lee's agent trying to drive the process.

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    Re: Do you think we could be the mystery team?

    I think it's just Lee's agent trying to drive the process.
    Good chance of that. But the fact that it's taking a several days following "final offers," or what was reported as final offers, makes the machinations of a mystery team seem more plausible.

    But you're probably right. The ink may not have dried on the Texas and NYY true final offers.
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    Re: Do you think we could be the mystery team?

    It's the years that will keep the Reds out of it. There just is no way they pay premium price for the number of years it would take. Not with a 7-deep roto right now and a Votto extension looming.

    A trade would be a much smarter way to get the ace this team needs for another October run.
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    Re: Do you think we could be the mystery team?

    Quote Originally Posted by lollipopcurve View Post
    Given their previous interest in Lee, their ability to be "creative" with contracts, and the fact they swooped in quietly on Chapman, I don't put it past them. But with the microscope that's on these negotiations, I'm guessing no.
    My thoughts exactly.

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    Re: Do you think we could be the mystery team?

    Doubtful.

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    Re: Do you think we could be the mystery team?

    I really hope we are not. I would love to have Lee for the next couple of seasons, as in about 3. But it would be horrible for our team to tie down that kind of money over that many years.
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    Re: Do you think we could be the mystery team?

    Yomiyuri Giants?
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    Re: Do you think we could be the mystery team?

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Footstool View Post
    Yomiyuri Giants?
    I would love to see Chris Carpenter explain that one to his son.
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    Re: Do you think we could be the mystery team?

    Well, since I don't feel monkeys coming out of my butt, I doubt the Reds are the mystery team.
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