The mighty Phillies just got mightier!
The word on the street is that Cliff Lee, the hottest free agent on the planet, is going back to Philly.
Lee has accepted a 5-year, $120 million deal from the Phillies which is about $30 million less than what the "We Spare No Expense" New York Yankees had offered. Many are already praising Lee for spurning the "Evil Empire" and basically telling them to take their money and shove it.
But there's only one problem with that. By joining the Phillies he has shunned one "evil empire" for another "evil empire". The Phillies, themselves, are no slouches when it comes to throwing money around. It's not like he rejected the Yankees to play for a less fortunate team. If he wanted to do that he would've stayed with the Texas Rangers.
But why would Lee leave so much guaranteed loot on the table? At last check, thirty million is a lot of dough. And why would he return to the team, who just last year gave him the boot, in favor of "best pitcher on the planet" Roy "Doc" Halladay?
Rumor has it both Lee and his wife liked their short stint in Philadelphia but I guess we'll find out when the signing becomes official and Lee and the Phillies hold a news conference.
But no matter what his reasons are, his signing has made the already-favored Phillies even more-favored to win it all this coming season. The Halladay, Lee, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels rotation is going to be a force to be reckoned with-- no doubt about it.
Oh and by the way, does anyone know what power moves my anemic New York Mets have made this off-season? At last check-- NONE.