[image title=”cliff_lee1″ size=”full” id=”22629″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ]Cliff Lee is a really good pitcher. He’s become a modern-day Curt Schilling: dominating the playoffs unimaginably well. He is healthy. He has no makeup issues to worry about. But we still shouldn’t sign him.
Let’s get this out of the way first: Cliff Lee is going to make bank this off season. He is going to command somewhere around 20 million dollars for 5-6 years, possibly more. If I’m wrong about that, and Lee signs a Halladay-like short term deal, my argument in this post doesn’t really apply.
Cliff Lee is going to turn 32 years old next season. At some point, old players start to decline. It tends to start around 34-35, and descend rather steeply after that. The Yankees were lucky when Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera, and Andy Pettitte were productive into their mid and late 30s. They were the exception to the rule. We can count on our players beginning to decline around that age.… Click here to read the rest