The name in vogue is Alfonso Soriano, but Lee, 30, is at an age where he’s entering his prime years. Last season was a good one with a .300 average, and career-highs in homers (37) and RBI (116) with Milwaukee and the Rangers. That he played in 161 games shows durability.
He is a lifetime .286 hitter, which denotes reliability, and with 221 homers and 782 career RBI in eight years, his production isn’t a fluke. Right now, wouldn’t you take him in left over Endy Chavez or Lastings Milledge?
By contrast, Soriano, also 30, hit 46 homers and drove in 95 runs and stole 41 bases. Soriano is the more prolific slugger, but he struck out 160 times last year compared to Lee’s 65.
Soriano made $10 million last season; Lee earned $8.5 million. Reportedly, Soriano has already rejected a $70 million package.
My thinking is if the Mets got Lee, they could fill left field for a little less money, and use their savings and Milledge to go after pitching.