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One of the few photographs in existence of Chan Ho Park, a. Not injured, and b. Not in a Rough Riders uniform.
Clearly, only a fool would compare Cliff Lee to Chan Ho Park.
Yet, the aforementioned contract that Lee requested in order to stay pat in the Lone Star State might have had the same crippling effect as Park's—or maybe even A-Rod's.
Cliff Lee would undoubtedly bolster the Rangers rotation right now. But what about next year as he turns 34? Or the last year of that seven-year deal, when he'll turn 39?
Perhaps the Chan Ho Park analogy wasn't so foolish after all.
Realistically, a seven-year deal would yield three, or maybe four dominant seasons from Lee.
Remember, with Lee in the rotation, that means Michael Young is still at third base. The Rangers don't have the cash to sign Beltre, too.
No Beltre makes the defense a problem. Plus, Beltre's other possibility to sign was the Anaheim Angels. Thus, this improves the Rangers' chief competitor in the AL West.
Lee as a Ranger also means that C.J. Wilson is definitely gone after this season. Colby Lewis too. Remember, the Rangers are only one season removed from being in bankruptcy.
No Wilson and no Lewis would make a 2012 Rangers rotation pretty suspect. It might be Cliff Lee, Matt Harrison, Derek Holland, Alexi Ogando (in all likelihood his first year as a starter), and Scott Feldman?
That probably isn't a playoff-bound rotation. Not with the other quality rotations in the AL West.
You see what I’m getting at here.
The Texas Rangers are much better off without Cliff Lee. He broke our hearts by fleeing to Philly, yet now that hindsight has reared its pleasant head, we in Rangers Nation now know that we're better off without him.