Nothwithstanding this brilliant blog post, Reds fans should root for the Yankees to get Cliff Lee. Why? The Rangers' fall back plan if they don't re-sign Lee is to move Neftali Feliz to the rotation as their "ace." They would then need a closer. They could try playoff workhorse Alexi Ogando, but would more likely look outside the organization. And that might be the only legitimate chance for the Reds to trade Francisco Cordero. Unloading his contract would make improving the team elsewhere a lot easier.
Of course, that would throw the Reds between the same rock and a hard place the Rangers are in. The Reds would then have to decide whether to groom the Cuban Missile for the rotation or succumb to temptation and use him in the closer role, like the Rangers did with Feliz.
Stay tuned ...
Mike Mussina, Hall of Famer
4 months ago