I keep going back and forth on Lee. I remember how unhittable he was in the 2009 World Series and the 2010 ALCS.
Yesterday out of curiousity I looked up his stats over the last three years. Here they are:
2008-His CY Young Season in Cleveland: 22 wins and 3 losses with an ERA of 2.54.
2009-A combined record between Cleveland and Philly 14 and 13 with a combined ERA of 3.27.
(Cleveland 7 wins and 9 losses with and ERA of 3.14 and Philly 7 wins and 4 losses with an ERA of 3.39)
2010 -A combined record of 12 wins and 9 losses with an ERA of 3.18 between Seattle and Texas. (Seattle 8 wins and 3 losses with an ERA of 2.34 and Texas 4 wins and 6 losses with and ERA of 3.98)
There are other issues. While in Seattle, he started last year on the DL due to abdominal issues. And in Texas he had to skip at least one start due to back issue.
Now there are posters on this board who just flip out when I point this out about Lee. And interestingly enough, those same posters thought that giving Jeter a six year deal at twenty million or more a year was insanity.
But those issues notwithstanding, I still want the Yankees to sign Lee. I understand why the Yankees had to go to a seventh year and that they are prepared to deal with him being overpaid and pitching badly towards the end of the contract.
Do I hope they do the deal?… Yes. But do I fear that this could lead the Yankees to a very bad place in seven years?….Yes.
Then again, he may not even sign with the Yankees.
The baseball offseason…..Gotta love it.