Today’s Water Cooler Topic: Why would the Mets even try to sign Cliff Lee when they know the Yankees will just steal him this offseason?
Ok, if you don’t already know I am a Met fan who knows entirely too many Yankee fans. Inevitably, I have to defend the Mets on a daily basis and this topic is a big one.
We’ve made it to July and are only 1.5 games out of first. This team just held it’s own against the Twins, Tigers and Yankees. Three of the top teams in the AL. The Mets are legitimate contenders.
My gut feeling is that the Mets should go all out and get Cliff Lee and not worry about losing him to free agency after the season ends. If the Mets always want to be a team that plays in the shadows of the current World Series Champions then why bother fielding a team at all? Do what it takes to win a World Series every year. That’s what that other team does.
The cost of doing business in NY happens to be that you have to compete with the Yankees. You cannot worry about what the team in the Bronx may do over the winter. They will have their hands full trying to sign their own free agents of Jeter, Mariano & Javier Vasquez on top of finding additional money to fund a Cliff Lee.
Every team in baseball starts the year with the goal of winning the World Series but only a few teams are in a position to do whatever it takes to win a World Series. The Mets are one of those teams.
I think it time for the Mets to go all in. In NY you go for the best money can buy and that happens to be Cliff Lee. If he’s only a rental that gets us a World Series ticket, so be it. It’s time to stop worrying about what other teams will do and start acting like potential World Series Champions.
I really think we are one premium pitcher away from winning a World Series. What do you think?