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Ace Cliff Lee Signs with Philly – Angels Lose Out Again

Philadelphia Phillies' pitcher Cliff Lee celebrates after the Pillies defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 11-0 during game three of the National League Championship Series in Philadelphia on on October 18, 2009. UPI/Kevin Dietsch Photo via Newscom
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I’m not exactly sure how strong Angels GM Tony Reagins offer was in bidding for ace starting pitcherCliff Lee, but that doesn’t matter any longer.

Lee is a Phillie again. —-

I do wonder, however, how much of a shot the Angels really had in getting Lee. I’m not saying this in a way that puts down the Angels or their offer to him… Afterall, Lee did not sign with the team offering the most years or the most amount of cash. Lee did what most players in the league wouldn’t dream of doing… taking less money and less years in order to be better situated to win the World Series.

Are the Angels a bad organization? No. Are they poised to win a World Series within the next five years? With a little creativity, they could be. But Lee went to a familiar situation in Philadelphia that will now sport the toughest starting pitching rotation in recent memory. Between Roy Halladay, Lee, Roy Oswalt, and Cole Hamels, they have World Series contender written all over them.

Again, I ask this question… how much of a chance did the Angels really have in landing Lee? I don’t think Reagins is at fault here whatsoever. There is nothing he could have done to entice Lee to leave a team that is poised to win it all.

Reagins, this will be one of the few passes you will get from us here at the Halo Hangout.

What do you think?

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