His numbers absolutlely SUCK in the first three months of the season. He gets fat in the latter part of the season when the games don't matter, pitchers are tired, or off late year call-ups on expanded rosters.
It goes back again to the clutch hitting idea. He can't clutch hit consistently in game situations, and he can't hit in the clutch time of the season, which for the Marlins is the 1st third of the year when they are still somewhat relevant in the standings.
And I could care less about his D at first base. A team doesn't need great leather at first to win consistently. WInning teams need good lumber out of the 1B position.
I happen to like D.Lee honestly i can't think of a first baseman that brings to the table that he brings. (that we can afford that is) Think about it he puts up decent numbers he is a good runner and a strong fielder. Plus the man is out there every freaking day. What free-agent first baseman that we can afford can do what lee does i mean the Muts pay an obscene amount of money for Mo Vaughn so they can have sit on the DL making millions. The Braves have always had a problem finding someone at 1st, the Expos have ??? nuff said, the Phillies have Thome yes he is good but is he really hitting up to par with his paycheck? Thats our division lets list some other 1st basemen around the league
Stl-Martinez(what a waste of a few million)
Chi-Choi(his bat is way to slow to do anything in the majors)
Mil-Sexson(kk he is better but out of price range)
Hou-Bags (see above, plus his numbers are in the same area as Dlee)
Pit-Simon(he has 6 HR)
Col-Helton(out of price range)
LA-McGriff(will soon be drawing social security)
SD-Klesko(too much denero)
SF-Snow(276avg 3 Hr's)
BOS-Millar(gotta give it to him)
TB-Tlee(poor poor devilrays)
Bal-Conine(numbers aren't great, but i gotta love him)
Tor-Delgado(Delgot the money)
Min-mientkiewicz(27rbi's and 7hr)
KC-Sweeney(give it too him)
CHW-Konerko(176 avg lol)
Det-Young(i like him, but ill take anyone over a tiger)
Oak-Hatteberg(259avg 27 rbi)
Sea-Mr Helmet(old and too much $)
Ana-Spiezo(.255 avg 21 RBi)
theres the list of starting first basemen around the league go ahead pick one that is better than DLee and that we can afford.