Found October 17, 2011 on We Should Be GM's:
Yeah, the Phillies ended up a massive disappointment. Butthey did win 100+ games and would have had home-field advantage throughout theplayoffs.  Do you want that next season?Do you want that the season after that? Of course you do. And for the Phils tocontend year after year, they need pitching. Horrible offense loseschampionships, but good pitching still wins them.Halladay is locked up through 2014. Lee is locked up through2016. Oswalt? We don’t know about 2012 but he’s not a long term option. If theywant to remain the elite team in the National League, they need to ensure thatthree “aces” are pitching at The Cit for the foreseeable future. Therefore,priority number one this Winter is to sign Ol’ Girl Parts to an extension. Unfortunately for the Phillies, the price tag for a top ofthe rotation starter is pretty steep. Cliff Lee, well, you know how much moneyhe’s going to make. Justin Verlander will make $20 million per season startingnext year. Felix Hernandez is going to make $18...

Hello, Cliff Lee; Rangers have returned

The manager stuck with Michael Young.

Don't expect encore of Texas tumble

The Rangers were supposed to win the World Series last year, remember? They thoroughly outplayed the Yankees to win the American League pennant. They had a deeper lineup than the Giants. Most important, they had Cliff Lee. The trendy pick was Texas in five. Wrong. The big bats were vulnerable to San Francisco's superb starters. The pitching staff was thinner than we thought...

Rangers Beat Tigers In Game Six To Earn Second Straight Trip to World Series

It took 50 long years for the Texas Rangers to make the World Series. Led by the heroics in pitching with Cliff Lee, to Nelson Cruz; the Rangers finally made it. However, they fell to the San Francisco Giants.Anyways, that was last year.This year, the Rangers are back and are looking to win for the first time in two trips now to the big show.Cruz had a big home run in the game while...

Off-Season Priorities - #2 – Payroll Flexibility

While Priority #1 may be to sign OGP to a multi-yearcontract, the Phils need to get their financial house in order before they should think about further signings. Specificallythey need to drop some salaries. Let’s take a look at one theoretical situationwhere the Phils could clear some money.-<span style="font: 7pt "Times New Roman";">       ...

Playoff Hindsight and Short Rest

The playoffs often cultivate an ‘anything goes’ environment, where aces like Zack Greinke and Cliff Lee become legitimate bullpen options and starters get lifted before the fifth inning ends for a more favorable matchup. In a sense, playoff rules trump what fans grow accustomed to during the regular season as every single game is of tremendous importance. While many managers...


The NY NL Chapter of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA) ballot for the 2011 Walter Johnson Award for the best pitcher in the National League is as follows: 1. Clayton Kershaw 2.Roy Halladay 3. Cliff Lee 4. Ian Kennedy 5. Craig Kimbrell

Rangers Have Edge in Pitching

Remember last season at this time? Rangers fans were going crazy with visions of a World Series title dancing in their heads. "The Giants? Please. They have like three guys that aren't even hitting .200. There's no way they can beat the Rangers and their powerful lineup. Besides, we have Cliff Lee." It went something like that. Then the Rangers ran into the pitching...

Rangers aren't sitting on their AL throne without Young

The Rangers are back in the World Series and they didn't need Cliff Lee to do it. But they did need Texas mainstay Michael Young, who Danny Knobler says is the cornerstone of the new big shots in the AL.
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