Tag:Derrek Lee
Posted on: August 18, 2010 5:24 pm
Edited on: August 18, 2010 6:37 pm

Lee to Braves is done deal

The Cubs have just announced that the rumored deal sending first baseman Derrek Lee to Atlanta has been completed.

The Braves send the Cubs three pitching prospects: Class A right-hander Robinson Lopez, Double-A right-hander Tyrelle Harris and Class A left-hander Jeffrey Lorick.

The Cubs will send cash to Atlanta to cover some of the remaining salary of impending free agent Lee, who had to approve the trade. The Braves and their new acquisition will play a series at Wrigley Field this weekend.

-- David Andriesen

UPDATE: After the Cubs' loss to the Padres, Lee talked about the trade.

"Well, it just felt right, the main thing is we've got six weeks to go and Atlanta's in first place and playing great baseball," Lee said. "I understand what Jim's trying to do over here. It just felt right. The chance to be able to go to the postseason, it's tough to pass up."

Lee turned down an opportunity to go to the Angels at the trade deadline. He alluded to the fact that he didn't think the Angels had a good enough chance to make the playoffs in his press conference on Wednesday. "The Angels were close, but not quite right there," he said. He noted that he didn't think it was enough to move his family to Southern California for that short period of time (even though his offseason home is in the same state), but the Braves are in first place and have a much better shot at making the playoffs, so forget the family if you can really get to the playoffs.

Really, it's a good deal for the Braves and the Cubs. Lee's one of the most respected players in the game, joining one of the most respected managers in the game. It seems like a perfect marriage.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 18, 2010 10:47 am
Edited on: August 18, 2010 11:01 am

Report: Braves close to getting Cubs' Lee

Derrek Lee
CSN Chicago is reporting that the Cubs and Braves are close to a deal that would send first baseman Derrek Lee to the Braves, who are seeking a bat to make up for the loss of Chipper Jones.

Lee, who is making $13 million in the final year of his deal with the Cubs, has the right to refuse any trade, as he reportedly did earlier in the season when the Angels tried to acquire him. But the CSN story says sources indicate Lee would accept the Atlanta deal to go to a division leader.

Lee, 34, has been out for a couple of days with a bulging disc in his back but is expected to return soon. He is batting .251, 55 points worse than last season, with 16 homers and 56 RBI.

Lee, who plays first base exclusively, isn't an exact fit for the Braves. Troy Glaus is underperforming badly at first, but the former third baseman can no longer play the other corner. Lee and Glaus aren't a textbook platoon, either. The Braves might just send Glaus to the bench and go the rest of the way with Omar Infante at second and Martin Prado at third.

Atlanta leads the National League East by 2 1/2 games over the Phillies.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: August 17, 2010 11:32 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2010 11:34 pm

Could Derrek Lee waive no-trade clause?

Derrek Lee Derrek Lee nixed a trade to the Angels prior to the trading deadline, but that hasn't stopped teams from calling.

Sources tell ESPNChicago.com that there is renewed interest in the first baseman after Lee cranked four home runs in the three-game series against the Cardinals over the weekend. Lee currently has 16 dingers to go with a .251/.336/.416 line that includes a post-All Star break line of .313/.356/.583, exorcising his first-half struggles.

Lee is currently dealing with a bulging disk in his back and received an epidural shot that will knock him out until Thursday.

But would Lee accept a trade just a month after declining the opportunity?

The southern California native declined the Angel trade, citing simply preferring to finish out the season as a Cub and also expressed interest in returning in 2011. Apparently,  postseason race didn't interest Lee, not even with the prospect of moving closer to family and friends.

Lee is in the final year of a five year, $65 million deal.

The White Sox could certainly use a bopper of Lee's stature to DH, although it's unknown if the Cubs would even be interested in moving him to the crosstown rivals, never mind if Lee would be open to the deal. One would think he would be as he would be able to remain in Chicago, but only Lee knows for sure.

The White Sox are slip, slip-slidin' out of the AL Central race and just lost to the Twins on a 10th inning Jim Thome two-run walkoff shot, pushing the ChiSox to four games behind Minnesota. With a motley DH crew of Andruw Jones and Mark Kotsay, the South Siders really need a thumper, and Lee would be a perfect fit.

Another possible fit is Brad Hawpe, despite Hawpe's struggles at the plate on the year.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Tags: Cubs, Derrek Lee
Posted on: August 16, 2010 6:00 pm
Edited on: August 16, 2010 6:07 pm

Cubs' Lee out with bulging disc

Derrek Lee
Derrek Lee hit two homers Sunday, then came out of the game with back stiffness. Monday the Cubs said the first baseman has a bulging disc in his lower back, accoring to the Chicago Tribune.

The team says Lee is "day to day," but a bulging disc isn't usually something you can just play through. Lee is a big part of the Cubs offense, but given their sorry state they might want to give him extended time to heal up. On the other hand, Lee is an impending free agent and will want to show that he's healthy to end the season.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Tags: Derrek Lee
Posted on: August 9, 2010 7:27 pm

Silva has successful procedure

Cubs starter Carlos Silva will start a throwing program by the beginning of next week after he underwent a cardiac ablation in Chicago on Monday to prevent his rapid heartbeat.

The Cubs said it was a "successful" surgery -- but really, does that mean anything other than he didn't die or end up with an extra appendage (or one fewer) that he started with? Anyway, I'd seen the term before but didn't know what it was. It's basically putting catheters into a blood vessel (usually in the groin or neck) and winding it to the heart, where electrodes take measurements and then can send out some crazy electric currents to correct it. It sound horrifying to me, but is apparently pretty safe and there's a high success rate.

So, it's good news for Silva, one of the few bright spots for the Cubs this season. Traded in the offseason by Seattle to Chicago for fellow problem child Milton Bradley, Silva's gone 10-5 with a 3.92 ERA.

Silva left a start against the Rockies on Aug. 1 due to that irregular heartbeat.

The Chicago Tribune 's Paul Sullivan also notes Derrek Lee left the team on Monday to go to Sacramento to be with his ailing grandfather in Sacramento.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 5, 2010 4:53 pm
Edited on: August 5, 2010 7:35 pm

Youkilis out for year

Kevin Youkilis Red Sox manager Terry Francona told reporters Thursday afternoon that first baseman Kevin Youkilis will have to have surgery on his injured thumb and is out for the year.

Youkilis tore a muscle in his right thumb on Monday, and was to be examined by a hand specialist Thursday.

"He'll be immobilized for approximately six weeks and then be re-evaluated from there," Francona said. "I think Youkilis was pretty resolved to the fact that this was probably going to happen."

It's a big blow to the Red Sox, who are six back in the American League wild-card race. Youkilis was batting .307/.411/.564 with 19 homers and 62 RBI. The Red Sox might turn out to be lucky they were unable to pawn off Mike Lowell, who has had nowhere to play this season but now looks like the starter at first.

If Boston decides to pursue a first baseman, the options appear limited. Ty Wigginton, Lyle Overbay and Derrek Lee are among first-base options who didn't move before the non-waiver deadline, but it's unclear whether they could get through waivers. The Mariners would probably let Russell Branyan go. Teams have reportedly been looking at Carlos Delgado, who hasn't played since last year and is recovering from hip surgery.

-- David Andriesen

UPDATE: Lowell was in the lineup at first again Thursday. Francona told reporters the plan is to have him at first for three games of the four-game series against the Yankees. He said the other first-base options on the current roster are Victor Martinez, David Ortiz and Jed Lowrie.

UPDATE: The Boston Herald reports that the Red Sox will work out Delgado in the next few days. There have been reports that the White Sox, Rockies, Angels and Mariners have called about Delgado recently.

UPDATE: Delgado's agent, tells the Chicago Tribune 's Mark Gonzalez that he's talked to the White Sox and says, "Carlos will be wearing a uniform for someone next week."

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Posted on: July 28, 2010 10:56 pm

Should Angels look to sell?

Angels general manager Tony Reagins met with manager Mike Scioscia and the team's coaching staff for 45 minutes following the team's 7-3 loss to the Red Sox. It's probable they didn't spend that time lamenting Derrek Lee's decision not to go west.

According to the Orange County Register's Bill Plunkett, neither Reagins nor Scioscia would publicly say the team is giving up on 2010.

"I don't like labels," Reagins told Plunkett. "What I would say is we're going to look to improve. If we can, we will."

Said Scioscia, "There's nobody who feels were'' out of this."

Or perhaps, there's nobody who will say it. The team lost starter Joel Pineiro for six to eight weeks with an oblique injury. Pineiro is 10-7 with a  4.18 ERA in 20 starts this season.

With Wednesday's loss, the Angels dropped to 52-52, nine games behind the Rangers in the American League West. The Angels are now 12 games back in the wild card, behind six teams.

After making some of the most aggressive moves in the post-Cliff Lee trade market by acquiring Dan Haren and Alberto Callaspo.

The Angels gave up former pinch-starter Sean O'Sullivan in the trade with Kansas City. In the Haren deal, the team gave up lefty Joe Saunders and Triple-A right-hander Rafael Rodriguez. Los Angels also gave up three Class A pitchers between the two moves. That's a lot of arms that the team could hope to replenish with some other moves.

The team could move third baseman Brandon Wood, who is being labeled as a disappointment and a "former" prospect, after hitting .168/.185/.225 in 57 games for the Angels this season. Wood is 25 and once ranked the third-best prospect in baseball by Baseball America.

Veterans Brian Fuentes, Juan Rivera and Mike Napoli could also be moved to bolster the minor league system.

The Angels have lost four in a row and seven of their last eight.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 28, 2010 4:40 pm

Cubs' Lee vetoed deal to Anaheim

Derrek Lee We'd heard before that the Cubs Derrek Lee wasn't interested in going anywhere at the trade deadline, but now we know he won't be headed anywhere until after the season. Lee invoked his 10-5 rights to block a trade to the Angels, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports .

While it was an interesting discussion in a vacuum whether Lee would use his no-trade rights, the fact that he did -- and vetoed the trade to Southern California -- comes as a bit of a surprise.

The Angels have rumored to have interest in Lee ever since Kendry Morales suffered a season-ending celebration injury. Lee seemed a natural fit, he's a free agent after the season and the Cubs are out of the race. It also seemed too good to be a good match because Lee makes his offseason home in California, why wouldn't he want to head home and perhaps participate in a pennant race.

Lee wouldn't expound on his choice to Muskat, nor would Cubs general manager Jim Hendry, who only confirmed her report.

With Lee out of the equation, it does make sense that the Angels are now shifting their focus to Prince Fielder. He'll be much more expensive, but if Lee's unavailable, it's either a lesser player such as Jorge Cantu or Ty Wigginton or go for bust, and that's Fielder or Adam Dunn.
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