ESPN's Bruce Levine says that Derrek Lee will not waive his no-trade clause, meaning the slugger will remain with the Cubs through the rest of the season.
It is thought the Rangers kicked the tires on Lee, with the Angels most interested. Instead, these two teams will have to turn elsewhere. The Rangers remain in on Jorge Cantu, although the Giants may have stepped up as frontrunner. Both teams are also actively engaged in talks for Prince Fielder, who would certainly beat an acquisition of Lee.
Lee is having a substandard season with a .248/.33/.387 line, although the 34-year-old is at .340/.364/.509 since the All-Star break, comprised of 55 plate appearances. Lee is a free agent after the season and is thought to want to return to the North Side.
-- Evan Brunell
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