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Trading Derrek Lee

By bullpenbrian at 06.04.2010 4 comments.

The Cubs should have no problem trading Derrek Lee, despite his full no-trade clause.

He’s a pro’s pro with a Gold Glove and a legitimate bat. And that’s worth trading for if you’re a contender and in need of a first baseman, like say, Anaheim is.

But that’s not the only reason Anaheim makes sense. So often we see aging players return home to ride off into the sunset, Lee is a native Californian, and the Halos are contenders, nonetheless.

More favorably, Lee’s in the final year of his 5-year contract that pays him $13M annually. He’s also nearing the end of his career, meaning any takers, not just the Angels, wouldn’t have to commit to Lee for more than two-years beyond the trade, if that.

Whether or not the Cubs should trade Lee is another question. Chicago is still in the division hunt…barely…but still within striking distance at 6.5-games out. And while Derrek has struggled lately at the plate, he’s still the No. 3 hitter on this team.

Trade the clubhouse leader, however, and you’re signaling the end of 2010. No division championship, no Wild Card, and no rebounding from a poor 2009 season, either.

Derrek Lee is a face of the Cubs franchise. He means more to this team than most fans think…as a leader, a team spokesman, and a stand-up guy all around. D-Lee isn’t the type of player you replace easily, on or off the field.

He’s earned the right to invoke his no-trade clause if need be. But if Lee wants off this sinking ship on the North Side, Jim Hendry should have no problem finding Lee a new home, whether it’s in Anaheim or elsewhere.

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4 Comments

  1. I think for his sake that he should go back home. He has a few years left in him, but really not that many. He’d be great to work one on one with a couple of young kids to get them ready for his retirement.

    • bullpenbrian says:

      Agree…but more importantly, Lee can help the Angles win the division, and perhaps even another world championship!
      Thanks for checking out the post!

  2. Greg Los Angeles says:

    If the Angels got Derrek Lee they could win EVERYTHING!!! Remember, DLee always starts the season slow then catches fire starting in June and I mean Consistant SUPERSTAR!!! 30-40 BOMBS EVERY YEAR. and has a WORLD SERIES RING and 3 GOLD GLOVES!!! C’MON Arte Moreno, Lets do this!!!

    • bullpenbrian says:

      You’re right. Lee has a solid history of finishing strong.
      And the Angles need a push to win the division…Lee would be a terrific addition.
      Meanwhile, the Cubs could steal a talented player or two in the deal!
      Still a long way off, but I’m very excited to see what happens.
      Thanks for checking in, man.

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