Denny Neagle was 27 when acquired by the Braves in 1996. At the time he had a lifetime 4.02 ERA and 1.310 WHIP.
Cliff Lee, 32, has a career 3.85 ERA and WHIP of 1.256 — negligible differences, especially when you consider Neagle pitched during the height of the steroid era.
I’ll grant you that Lee is a better pitcher, but not by much. And what are the odds the Arkansas southpaw matches Neagle’s numbers as a Brave (.667 winning percentage, 1.167 WHIP, 3.43 ERA)?
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