NEW YORK - APRIL 16: Cliff Lee #31 of the Cleveland Indians pitches against the New York Yankees during opening day at the new Yankee Stadium on April 16, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City. This is the first regular season MLB game being played at the new venue which replaced the old Yankee Stadium as the Yankees home field. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
The Tribe would want Derek Holland or Neftali Feliz as a starting pitcher and at least 2 more prospects in return.
Sean wants to do it.
I am not for it at all. Cliff Lee has a nice club option at 9 million for 2009, but after that he is a free agent. My concern is renting a player for just 18 months.
Lee won a Cy Young, but I don't think he is an elite pitcher. Now, he's a good pitcher. But I don't consider him a Josh Beckett, C.C. Sabathia, John Lackey or Roy Halladay.
Now if Lee could be inked to a 4-year deal then I would make the trade. But if Lee is smart would choose to test his market value in the winter of 2009. He will get a big payday.
The Rangers have payroll issues. Owner Tom Hicks has cash flow problems and I don't see him adding payroll or giving out contract extensions since he is trying to sell the club.
Here's a reason why the Tribe would consider making a deal.
The Rangers could use another good starter to go with Kevin Millwood, but I just wouldn't want to give up a prime prospect to do it unless I got more than 18 months from Lee as a Ranger pitcher.