Andy MacPhail, former CEO of the Cubs, is hard at work in Baltimore trying to land another former Cub–Derrek Lee.
Despite Lee’s Gold Glove at first base, the 34-year-old is coming off his worst season offensively.
Lee slightly improved at the plate following his trade to Atlanta, but combined to hit .260 with 19 HR an 80 RBI between the Cubs and Braves.
MacPhail’s first target, Adam LaRoche, was offered a three-year deal worth $21M, but has reached an impasse with the club.
That’s opened the door for Lee, whose age and declining durability make it likely he’ll only receive a one-year offer.
Meanwhile, I’ve always been fascinated by teams willingness to sign Corey Patterson. The Blue Jays inked the former No.3 overall pick to a minor league deal this week.
Could the biggest Cubs bust of the last decade do anything worse not to deserve a contract? He’s a career .253 hitter and has never posted an on-base percentage above .320–lousy for a leadoff-type hitter.
Why, why, why do teams keep signing him?