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Posted on: December 13, 2010 12:56 pm
Edited on: December 13, 2010 2:36 pm
 

Many teams interested in Derrek Lee

Derrek Lee Derrek Lee may not return to Chicago or Atlanta, but he does seem to be in demeaned.

In addition to the Nationals having interest in Lee, so too do the Diamondbacks, Blue Jays, Padres, Orioles and Athletics, Sports Illustrated 's Jon Heyman writes .

Lee, 35, hit .260/.347/.428 with 19 home runs and 80 RBI for the Cubs and Braves last season. His output in everything but homers, increased when he went to Atlanta.

Lee lives in California now and is native of the state, so he would seem to be a fit for the West Coast teams.

In the same article, Heyman says the Diamondbacks are interested in signing outfielder Xavier Nady, who played for new D-Backs GM Kevin Towers in San Diego.

Nady appeared in 119 games with the Cubs last season, hittingg .256/.306/.353 with six home runs and 33 RBI.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 12, 2010 9:05 pm
 

Nationals interested in Derrek Lee

Lee The Nationals are on the hunt for a first-baseman and while earlier reports had the club interested in Adam LaRoche, that isnt the only first baseman the Nats are looking at.

The club is interested in Derrek Lee (pictured), who would provide an impact defensive first baseman who can hit for power in the middle of the lineup, as MLB.com reports. Lee may also bounce back from a season that saw him jettisoned to Atlanta from the Cubs and struggling with a thumb injury that required surgery.

The two aren't the only possibilities for first, however. GM Mike Rizzo said he is not ruling anything out when speaking about the position after losing out on free agent Carlos Pena.

"We will explore both options, so it expands our pool a little bit more," Rizzo said. "I don't ever want to feel rushed to do a deal. I think when you feel rushed to do a deal, you make a deal that you may not have wanted to do. So we are going to look at our options. We feel there are still good options out there, and we will see where they take us."

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: December 6, 2010 11:08 am
Edited on: December 6, 2010 1:54 pm
 

Orioles deal for Mark Reynolds done

Mark Reynolds The talk last night in the lobby at the Dolphin Hotel here at Disney was Mark Reynolds is going to the Orioles, the only question is when -- well, that should get done maybe as soon as Kevin Towers wakes up. He was one of the few people still in the hotel lobby when I stumbled out at 2:30 a.m., so he may need a little more sleep this morning.

Anyway, Sports Illustrated 's Jon Heyman tweets the deal is close, and Orioles general manager Andy MacPhail notes the Orioles are "making progress" with the Diamondbacks in acquiring the third baseman.

Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic tweets RHP David Hernandez is expected to be in the deal and RHP Kam Mickolio is a "strong possibility."

As far as the Orioles being close to signing first baseman Derrek Lee, MLB.com's Britt Ghiroli says MacPhail and another source said those reports are "extremely premature."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

UPDATE : The deal is all but done, as multiple sources are all reporting that Hernandez and Mickolio are in the deal and on the verge of completion. ESPN's Buster Olney says all that is remaining are the players passing physicals.

UPDATE : And Reynolds is now an Oriole as Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports and SI.com 's Jon Heyman confirms.

UPDATE : The Diamondbacks are replacing Reynolds with Melvin Mora for one year as Steve Gilbert of MLB.com . Hardly an inspired choice -- especially since Baltimore jettisoned Mora as its starting 3B after 2009.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 23, 2010 8:03 pm
Edited on: November 23, 2010 8:06 pm
 

Brewers offer Hoffman arbitration

Hoffman The Milwaukee Brewers offered Trevor Hoffman arbitration, but Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that Hoffman has agreed to decline arbitration.

Hoffman is a Type B free agent, so Milwaukee will net a compensatory pick if he signs elsewhere. The career leader in saves has indicated he will only play in 2011 if he is the closer, which he be in Milwaukee if he chose to return.

In other arbitration news:
  • Cliff Lee has unsurprisingly been offered arbitration along with fellow Type-A free agent Frank Francisco, which could chill Francisco's market. Vladimir Guerrero and Bengie Molina both saw their market increase with no offers of arbitration as MLB.com reports.
  • The Orioles have declined to offer arbitration to Koji Uehara, who may be among the most coveted relievers since he is extremely productive, is stingy with walks and will come on a one-year pact most likely. It's unlikely that Kevin Millwood is offered arbitration as the Baltimore Sun outlines, and if the Sun is to be believed, Millwood won't have a problem finding a job. The Rockies and Royals appear to be the farthest along in contract discussions.
  • Derrek Lee won't be back in Atlanta as the club will not offer arbitration to the Type-A free agent. Offering arbitration would have near guaranteed Lee's return, and the first-base job belongs to Freddie Freeman as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution notes.
  • The Diamondbacks will offer arbitration to Aaron Heilman and Adam LaRoche (both Type B free agents). It is possible LaRoche could accept and return as first baseman.
  • The Rays cut ties with Dan Wheeler (Type A) and Carlos Pena (Type B) as the St. Petersburg Times says, but did tender offers to Type A's in Carl Crawford, Grant Balfour and Rafael Soriano. They also offered to Type B's in Joaquin Benoit, Randy Choate, Brad Hawpe and Chad Qualls. Some of these Type B offers certainly have gentleman's agreements to decline, while Benoit is a Tiger and is already assured of giving Tampa a draft pick.
  • The Angels have announced DH Hideki Matsui won't be offered arbitration. The A's are thought to be contenders for Matsui's services.
  • The Denver Post has arbitration offers from Colorado out to Jorge de la Rosa (Type A) and Octavio Dotel (Type B).

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 15, 2010 6:03 pm
 

R.I.P. Cubs: More meltdowns, more problems

RIP As the sports world waits for the crowning of a champion, 22 other teams are busy preparing for spring training. What went wrong for these teams, and what does 2011 hold? MLB Facts and Rumors here at CBS Sports will be answering those questions through all of October. The lovable losers everyone knows as the Chicago Cubs are up next.

In the last season of Lou Pineilla's managerial career, the Cubs stumbled out of the gate and never got on track although the team responded under the leadership of interim manager Mike Quade.

WHAT WENT WRONG

Give the Cubs credit: they got the losing out of the way in the first half so fans weren't crushed by a late-season swoon.

Carlos Zambrano Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez, the two big boppers who were expected to anchor the order, must have thought they were retired. After all, when your 3-4 combo combines for an OPS under .700, you know things went wrong. Lee finished at .233/.329/.366 in 371 plate appearances while Ramirez one-upped him (or is it one-downed?) with a .207/.268/.380 mark in 261 PA.

That wasn't even the story that got national attention. What did was Carlos Zambrano's season from hell. He began the year as Cubs ace, found himself in the bullpen before the end of April, then was moved back only to have a meltdown while pitching against the White Sox on July 25. Big Z (pictured, left) and Lee had to be separated in the dugout and the right-hander was suspended. He returned days later to the bullpen before moving back to the rotation where he ended the year on a roll with a 1.41 ERA in 11 starts. The strong finish wasn't enough to wipe the puckered lips from Cubbie fans -- especially with Z due just under $36 million the next two seasons.

And to cap it all off, rookie sensation Tyler Colvin had his lung impaled by a shard of a broken bat. Nice.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

If Zambrano's turnaround didn't do it, then Aramis Ramirez' own turnaround helped. As soon as Ramirez got a three-day respite in mid-July, he came back strong, cranking 15 homers the rest of the way for a .276/.321/.526 line. While the second half saw veterans such as Lee and Ted Lilly traded, the play of new blood plus a 24-13 finish under Quade turned frowns into half-smiles, dreaming of what could be in 2011. (Stop it, Cubs fans! Stop it right now. These are the Cubs.)

One thing Chicago did have going for them was a dominant closer and setup man. Carlos Marmol struck out a wicked 138 batters in just 77 2/3 innings, making his 52 walks irrelevant as he posted a 2.55 ERA and nailed down 38 saves. He was joined by converted starter Sean Marshall, and the lefty appeared in 80 games en route to a 2.65 ERA.

Former Rookie of the Year catcher Geovany Soto shook off a dismal 2009 to provide the Cubbies with a .280/.393/.497 line in 387 PA with 17 home runs. That's incredibly rare production out of catcher, but he kept inexplicably losing playing time to Koyie Hill. And one wonders why the Cubs lost almost 90 games.
 
HELP ON THE WAY

The Cubs introduced plenty of youngsters to the team, none more than on pitching where Casey Coleman, Thomas Diamond, James Russell and Andrew Cashner saw extensive playing time. Cashner has a spot locked up in the bullpen and Coleman has a good shot of opening the year in the rotation.

Tyler Colvin and Starlin Castro also made impressive debuts as rookies, but unfortunately for Chicago, there is not much behind these names that will be ready for 2011. However, there's a host of candidates that could see major-league time in 2011 in advance of major contributions in 2012. Those include outfielder Brett Jackson, third baseman Josh Vitters, infielder Ryan Flaherty, starter Chris Carpenter and starter Jay Jackson, who could step in the rotation in case of injury.

EXPECTATIONS FOR 2011

The Cubs have enough horses that contention isn't impossible, but too much has to break right. So while the Cubs will talk up a good PR game, privately they'll take a third-place finish behind the Cardinals and Reds in some form. All that may require is a .500 finish, although Chicago should expect to win a few more than 81.

SUGGESTIONS FOR 2011

Tyler Colvin The Cubs won't have much money to play with as quite a few of their valued players are in arbitration. The good news is that payroll drops precipitously after 2011 and off a cliff after 2012. Unfortunately, until then, the Cubs are essentially locked into near every position, but there's still room to improve. They will have an open first base spot (unless Tyler Colvin moves to first) and second base (unless the team keeps Blake DeWitt as a starter). The bullpen could also use some reinforcements.

There isn't much in the way of first base prospects, so the Cubs might be better served to see what Colvin (pictured, right) can do at first base. That would leave Kosuke Fukudome manning right, but since the Japanese import can't hit lefties, Jeff Francouer could come in and serve as a platoon partner and serve as fourth outfielder.

At this point in DeWitt's career, he is essentially a backup so the Cubs have to go and get another player. Inking Bill Hall could pay major dividends if his comeback in Boston was for real and should be available for short years and reasonable dollars. The Cubs can then stack the bullpen with an arrangement of solid relievers that don't break the bank and use the savings for two things: signing bonuses in the draft and getting rid of players with no future in town. That includes Ramirez and Fukudome as well as the all-but-untradeable Alfonso Soriano.

2011 PREDICTION

The Cubs will have some growing pains in 2011 as the team shakes free of the old regime and begins a new one in town with plenty of cash to sign upcoming free agents. Not only are the Cubs in too transitional of a stage to play heavily in the free-agent market this offseason, the market is poor as well. Next season will have some strong free agents that the Cubs could jump at. Look for Chicago to finish around 85 losses.

Check out the rest of the R.I.P. reports here .

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 14, 2010 3:59 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:05 am
 

Lee played with torn ligament

Derrek Lee Derrek Lee earned the respect of the Braves, if not a job for 2011.

Braves general manager Frank Wren told reporters Lee played the last two months of the season with a torn thumb ligament, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports .

"Bobby [Cox] and [trainer] Jeff Porder both said this is one tough guy to play with what he's playing with," Wren said.

Wren said Lee jammed his right thumb on opening day in Atlanta while playing with the Cubs and had recovered by the time he was traded to the Braves in August. However, Lee tore the ligament a week after coming to Atlanta.

The injury was similar, but more severe, to the one that kept rookie Jason Heyward on the disabled list for three weeks. Lee had two pain-killing injections and had the occasional day off.

Lee, 35, will be a free agent, but don't expect him to return to Atlanta. The AJC 's David O'Brien tweets the team fully expects Freddie Freeman to be their opening-day first baseman (and have Alex Gonzalez at shortstop.)

Lee hit .260/.347/.428 with 19 homers this season, hitting .287/.384/.465 with three homers in 39 games for the Braves. Freeman appeared in 20 games for the Braves with four hits in 24 at bats. He hit one home run. In Triple-A, Freeman hit .319/.378/.521 with 18 homers in 124 games for Gwinnett of the International League.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 19, 2010 7:48 pm
 

Lee will await Braves in Chicago

Friday figures to be an awkward day for a lot of people at Wrigley Field. The Braves, who acquired first baseman Derrek Lee from the Cubs on Wednesday, will welcome him into the fold at Wrigley, where they begin a series Friday. That's like picking a girl up for a date at her ex-boyfriend's house.

All parties decided it didn't make sense for Lee, who has been out with a sore back, to fly to Atlanta and then right back to Chicago. So he'll go to work as usual Friday, but head to the visitors' clubhouse.

“It’ll probably be weird for him,” Braves pitcher Derek Lowe told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “You think of all the scenarios that he could possibly have. Making your debut back in the city where you’ve played so long – I’d imagine he’ll have every emotion going through him.”

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: August 18, 2010 7:38 pm
Edited on: August 18, 2010 7:40 pm
 

Braves place Glaus on DL

Troy Glaus Some eyebrows were raised when the Braves acquired Derrek Lee. Would he replace Troy Glaus at first? Were the Braves going to move Glaus to third for Chipper Jones?

Well, yes.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 's David O'Brien tweets the Braves have placed Glaus on the disabled list, and after a week off he'll go to Triple-A Gwinnett. With Gwinnett, he'll work out at third base so he can play both first and third in September (and presumably October).

Glaus has been hampered with a sore left knee.

After a hot start, Glaus has found himself with a .239/.343/.406 slash line and 16 home runs and 61 RBI. On June 13, he was hitting .290/.382/.504 and in the 51 games since then, he's hit .173/.294/.277 with three homers and 21 RBI.

The Braves have super-sub Omar Infante to use with Martin Prado and mix-and-match the two at second and third base, while Glaus and Lee could be a righty/lefty platoon at first, while Glaus could have a spot start here and there at third base.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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