12/09/2010 02:50 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Can Signing Pitchers Not Named Cliff Lee Still Help the Mets?

With Johan Santana being out at least half the season, Mets fans are collectively wondering how the Sandy Alderson regime will approach filling Santana's shoes (or cleats). The obvious answer, at least in New York, is to go out and sign the biggest and best name -- that being Cliff Lee. While Lee would certainly give the Mets rotation a much-needed boost, unfortunately, adding Lee doesn't make much sense from a dollars and years perspective.

On that note, it's common knowledge that the Mets have been burned by far too many long-term deals (see: Oliver Perez, Carlos Beltran, Luis Castillo, Jason Bay, etc...), so pursuing one-year, low-risk/high-reward contracts could be a prudent approach--particularly for filling out the rotation. With that line of thinking, if Cliff Lee doesn't fit the bill, who does? My votes go to... read the rest of this article at Rising Apple.