Lee, acquired in the offseason from the Philadelphia Phillies, went 4-0 in simulated pitching appearances over the past three weeks. His dominant performance was enough to land him the award with nine days remaining in the season’s opening month.
“It feels great to be recognized,” said Lee in a press conference, “but it’s really all about the championship for me. The individual accolades are nice, but I’m here to help this ballclub win a ring.”
Considered the early front runner for the AL Simulated Cy Young Award, Lee has baffled simulated hitters with an assortment of fastballs, breaking balls, and change-ups that may or may not be real. His ability to work the corners and open the simulated strike zone is lauded by his imaginary coaches, and even opponents recognize what they are up against.
“He’s the best in the business,” proclaimed one Lee strikeout victim after the pitcher’s most recent outing. “I didn’t even see half the pitches he threw me.”
Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik, who engineered the trade for the southpaw in December, was quick to praise his talented investment after today’s announcement.
“We knew coming in what we were getting with Cliff,” Zduriencik stated. “He’s arguably one of the most solid pitchers in the league over the past three seasons, and the numbers back it up.”
Asked what role he envisions for Lee as the season progresses, Zduriencik responded with a vote of confidence that would make any employee happy.
“When it comes to a big simulated game, there’s no one else we’d rather have out there on the hill than him.”