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Cliff Lee a Twin?

The rumors are churning that Bill Smith is looking at Cliff Lee, and even offered two top prospects (Aaron Hicks and Wilson Ramos). I hope not. Firstly, Cliff Lee’s great numbers this year are bound to regress. Even if he stays as good as he’s been, a high-end catching prospect and a high-end centerfielder is too high a price to pay. Catchers always get hurt, and Joe Mauer’s longevity is not assured. I just don’t see the margin.

Smith looks like he’s spending his capital this year in order to win. But I see him weakening the organization with this trade (and other stuff he’s done this year, like some ill-concieved longterm contracts). This trade would really be the kicker, his shopping list is too large and he’s ignoring the huge downside.

It’s a tough call. The Twins need some starters, and Ryan Mullins and Jeff Manship aren’t exactly a great solution; but Smith needs to find a cheaper solution with some realistic margin to it.

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