Forget Lee, Pursue Haren

Metszilla.comCorrespondent IJune 29, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 01:  Dan Haren #15 of the Arizona Diamondbacks throws a pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 1, 2010 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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So, you want Cliff Lee, eh?  And your thinking goes a little something like this, doesn't it?  Cliff Lee would love to be a Met because then he can exact revenge on the Phillies in the form of winning it all for the orange and blue. It would be the ultimate slap in the face to his old communist red wearing friends.  It makes too much sense!  And what's more?  Surely as soon as the possibility of becoming a Met turns into a reality for Clifton Phifer Lee, not only will he jump at the opportunity, he'll literally rocket launch himself into outer space in excitement and plant a Mets flag on Mars.  And why?  Because there is nothing in this world that Clifton Phifer Lee wants more than to finish his career in Flushing just to say, "Take that Philly."  It's all perfect!  Sleep easy at the thought of Mr. Lee wearing a Mets uniform in 2010 and beyond!

But, uh, no.

Back in reality (a place Mets fans often stray from) the main problem with a Cliff Lee deal is, well, everything.  Where to begin?  For starters, in simplest terms, Omar Minaya would have to mortgage the future for a guy who gets around more than Lady Gaga.  As soon as free agency hits, in this fantasy land where Cliff Lee is acquired as Met, you will then get to see how much loyalty lies in this left hand arm.  Think about it for a second.The reason Cliff Lee is no longer in a Phillies uniform is not because their color is grotesque or because he was afraid of clogging his arteries with too many cheesesteaks, it's because they didn't show him the money he felt he surely deserved.  So, Lee took exception, and perhaps rightfully so.  If you were going to take a job, would you take the job that pays you more or the one that pays you less?  Point is, if he were really willing to put loyalty (a preconceived idea Mets fans have, assuming Cliff Lee actually does become a Met) in front of green, wouldn't he still be wearing the communist red?  I think yes.  In different terms, if he...TO READ THE REST OF THIS POST AND OTHERS LIKE IT HEAD OVER TO METSZILLA.COM BY CLICKING HERE:  http://www.metszilla.com/?p=2967


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