Wow! The Phillies? Really?
I knew something strange was going to happen with this Cliff Lee signing this off-season, but the Phillies? I mean, it doesn’t make sense to me.
According to the Dallas Morning News, one of the reasons he signed with Philly is so he can hit in the National League? Why would a 32 year old ace want to hit?
Lee informed Rangers officials late Monday night that he would be accepting a five-year contract from the Philadelphia Phillies , for whom he pitched the last half of the 2009 season. The deal gives Lee a chance to hit in the National League, which he enjoyed, and gives him a place to pitch where he and his family felt comfortable.
Wow. Really? Lee could have had 6, and possibly 7 years in Texas, which is a lot closer to Arkansas than Philadelphia, but he opted for the 5 year plan. Of course Cliff Lee can go anywhere he wants, but I think the Phillies were a last-minute decision, and I feel pretty certain most Ranger fans will look at this deal as a blessing in disguise. I mean, if you really want to look at Cliff Lee as a hitter, go back to the World Series and see how Lee did against the Giants. Sure he had a hit in game 1 of that series, but how did that affect his pitching after that hit?
It ends a whirlwind 12 months for Lee. On Dec. 14, 2009, the Phillies traded him to Seattle to make room for Roy Halladay . One year to the day later, he will join a rotation that includes Halladay, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels.
I feel pretty certain the typical Ranger fans will say “don’t let the door hit you in the back” as Lee has let many fans down here in Texas. I at least think the Rangers’ front office did all that they could in going after Lee, and if there is a positive to this story, at least he didn’t go to New York. But Philly?