Cliff Lee surprised everyone (except Ruben Amaro) by "leaving money on the table" and signing a 5-year, $100 M contract with the Phillies. This gives Philadelphia the extra ace they need to compete with San Francisco. We all watched the Giants beat the Phillies in a six game street fight to win the pennant, and we all watched the Giants hang an 0-2 on Cliff Lee in the Series. The Giants won with pitching. You want to beat the Giants you have to match them arm-for-arm. This move is about lining up a playoff rotation to beat the San Francisco Giants.
Somewhere in the Pacific Northwest a 5'-11" 170-lb., long-haired guy is pulling on a hoodie, taking his dog for a walk, and checking his text messages. I'm sure he's hearing all there is to hear about The Greatest Rotation Ever. I reckon he's shaking in his sneakers.