In my post about the Winter Meetings on December 7, I wrote:
“The Phillies had Lee for their 2009 playoff run in which he went unbeaten, defeating the Yankees twice in the World Series. The Phillies aquired RHP Roy Halladay via the free agent market, and realized that Cliff Lee would be a free agent after the 2010 season, so they might as well get some prospects back now, especially while his value was what they presumed at his peak. Phillies G.M. Ruben Amaro Jr. has since admitted his mistake, as having a 1-2 punch of Halladay and Lee, even if it was to be for just one season, could have made the difference in the playoffs. Now, they should be interested!”
Now, I still listed the New York Yankees as favorites to land Lee, but I unlike the guys who get paid to snoop like Jon Heyman, Tom Verducci, Buster Olney or Ken Rosenthal, believed the Phillies were in the mix for him. Sorry, everyone but I must give you a big- I TOLD YOU SO.
But for Met fans it might as well be SAY IT AINT SO! With the addition of Lee to their roster, the Phillies have an absolutely dominating rotation. Lee will join the already deep pitching staff containing Roy Oswalt, Cole Hamels and of course Mr. Perfection Roy Halladay!
The NL East is getting increasingly tougher especially because of the stacked rotations formed in Philadelphia– but dont forget about the FISH! The Florida Marlins have a very deep rotation as well with Ace Josh Johnson followed by Anibal Sanchez, Ricky Nolasco and new addition Javier Vasquez.
Watch out Mets, in a division built increasingly on pitching we have some serious concerns!