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John Kruk on The Big Show: It is now ‘imperative’ that Yankees sign Cliff Lee

12.09.10 at 2:59 pm ET

ESPN baseball analyst John Kruk joined The Big Show on Thursday, praising the Red Sox for the signing of Carl Crawford and noting that it is now crucial for the Yankees to sign free-agent starter Cliff Lee.

“It’s imperative,” Kruk said. “Not just because he’s left handed, but because Phil Hughes and CC Sabathia are the only to starters that are dependable. They need another one if they want to compete.”

Kruk pointed out that Crawford was likely drawn to the Red Sox because of the stability in the lineup and that “they can win two or three championships by the time” his deal expires.

Even if the Yankees were to sign Lee, Kruk felt that the Red Sox would still the best team in the league.

“They’re younger they’re more athletic,” Kruk said of the Sox. “Better starting pitching. Besides Mariano [Rivera] [vs. Jonathan] Papelbon, which is relatively close, the Yankees have no bullpen.”

While he applauded the move to get Crawford, Kruk saw the acquisition of Adrian Gonzalez as the Sox’ biggest move, saying that “they just got an MVP” by trading for the slugging first baseman.

“He might be the best hitter in baseball in that ball park,” Kruk said of Gonzalez. “‘€¦ It’s not going to shock me if he’s a 50-50 guy with 50 homers and 50 doubles in that ballpark. ‘€¦ His average is going to go up at least 30 points just because he’s hitting in Fenway.”

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