Tag:Derrek Lee
Posted on: July 28, 2010 2:21 pm

Cubs' Lee will not waive no-trade clause

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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Posted on: July 27, 2010 2:13 pm

Zambrano wanted to apologize in person

Carlos Zambrano Carlos Zambrano apologized again on Tuesday, and once again it wasn't to his teammates.

Instead, Zambrano talked to MLB.com's Carrie Muskat and said he was waiting to apologize to his teammates when he joins the team -- and that he'd wanted to do so sooner if he'd been allowed.

"I'm a person and a human, and I know when I make a mistake. I have to come to the team and apologize," Zambrano said. "I'm not going to [apologize] because [the Cubs] said I have to do it. I'm going to do it from my heart. I want to be clear and at peace with my teammates."

Zambrano told Muskat that he wanted to apologize to his teammates immediately after he blew up at U.S. Cellular Field on June 25, but was told to stay away by the team. Last night he went to ESPN and apologized for his actions. He did that, he said, because he was frustrated he couldn't do it in person.

"I wanted to do this way before this time," Zambrano said. "I wanted to come to the clubhouse and apologize and talk to my teammates."

If that's true, why didn't he stick to the initial plan of not talking to the media before his return to Chicago. Why go on ESPN and apologize before he could do it in person. And if he'd texted and called Derrek Lee, why couldn't he approach his other teammates in the same fashion?

I don't doubt there's some sincerity in what Zambrano has now said in two interviews, it just seems that his actions are steps in the wrong direction. Ultimately, it won't mean anything when Zambrano is back without he Cubs and collecting big paychecks while underachieving, it s just odd that the whole thing has been handled this poorly.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 26, 2010 8:51 pm

"The Apology" directed at wrong audience

Xarlos Zambrano Was Carlos Zambrano trying to draft off LeBron James' heat? Hoping "The Apology" could serve as a worthy sequel to "The Decision"?

The suspended Cubs pitcher finally spoke up Monday about the June 25 incident in which he got into an altercation with teamate Derrek Lee, but he did his speaking to ESPN in a moderately sincere-sounding interview in what appeared to be a hotel room.

Ever since the incident, there has been talk of the need for Zambrano to apologize to his teammates. Well, at least now they've seen him aplogize on television (Zambrano did say during the interview that he has spoken to Lee by phone). Who is advising this guy?

Manager Lou Piniella seemed irked when asked about Zambrano's TV appearance.

"I don't have any comment about that,'' he told reporters Monday afternoon. "I do know what is needed -- that's for him to talk to his teammates when he gets here over the weekend, assuming he gets here over the weekend. He needs to get that handled and he'll be accepted back by his manager and his teammates.''

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 26, 2010 3:11 pm

Will Lee block any trade?

As the Rangers have popped up as the latest team to have interest in Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee, it's questionable if Lee will approve a trade.

Lee is in the final year of his contract and has a full no-trade clause.

Jayson Stark of ESPN tweets this :
A source who has known Derrek Lee for years says it's "highly doubtful" he'd waive full no-trade to OK any deal at this stage. #cubs #trades No word yet from Lee whether people who have known him for years know who Jayson Stark is .

The Angels have also been said to be interested in Lee.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 21, 2010 2:17 pm
Edited on: July 21, 2010 3:32 pm

Trade deadline buyer: Los Angeles Angels

As the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline looms, the CBS Facts & Rumors team will look at the biggest players leading up to the deadline. This week we'll look at the teams who will be talked about the most; next week will be the players who might be moved.
Tony Reagins
The Angels are talking a lot of big talk about having the resources to get whatever is needed to overtake the Rangers -- who have added Cliff Lee and show no signs of slowing down -- in the American League West. So far, however, it hasn't amounted to more than talk. If Tony Reagins doesn't improve this team in the next couple of weeks, expect heavy criticism in L.A.

Record: 51-45, five games behind Texas and three ahead of Oakland in the AL West. Third in AL wild-card race, 6 1/2 games behind Tampa Bay.
General manager: Tony Reagins, third year
Expectations: High. The Angels are outspending Texas by $50 million in payroll and winning despite injuries and underperforming players. Nothing short of the playoffs will be acceptable.
Payroll status: Opening day payroll was over $105 million, eighth-highest in baseball, and the Angels already have more than $80 million committed for next year.

What they need

Bullpen help:
The Angels have been living on the edge in the late innings, and their bullpen has a 4.48 ERA, 12th in the AL. They haven't had anybody step up -- only Fernando Rodney (3.29) has an ERA under 3.80.

Starting pitching: The Angels are ninth in the AL in starters' ERA, and would like to at least find a fifth starter with nothing panning out in-house. They traded for Scott Kazmir at last season's deadline and he has been awful (and is now on the DL).

A bat: When first baseman Kendry Morales suffered his infamous celebratory injury, breaking his leg and knocking himself out for the year, it was a big
blow to the Angels' offense. If they are going to make a big move, it's probably going to be for a first baseman or third baseman with pop.

Who may fit

Derrek Lee Starting pitcher:
Not many teams could take on Roy Oswalt's contract, but the Angels -- cash-rich and prospect-poor -- might be a decent fit. Dan Haren would look good in Anaheim, but the Angels might not have the "wow" package the Diamondbacks say it would take. More likely than going ace shopping would be going to get someone like Kyle Farnsworth or Jake Westbrook.

Reliever: The market for relievers is not good. The Angels might be left to pick over the Toronto bullpen and decide whether they want Scott Downs, Jason Frasor or Kevin Gregg. David Aardsma is available in Seattle, or they could try to pry Royals closer Joakim Soria.

Bat: It's conceivable the Angels could be in play on any of the big names. First basemen Derrek Lee, Prince Fielder and Lance Berkman could be had for a price. That might seem short-sighted, given that Morales will be back next year, but the Angels are under the gun. They might be better off going after someone to play third, where the Angels don't have a good long-term option, but the crop there is less impressive. Or despite Adam Dunn's insistence that he doesn't want to be a DH, the Angels could get him and make him do it anyway.

Trade chips

Mike Trout Here's the biggest problem the Angels face: The cupboard is seriously bare in the upper minors. On Sunday, they used Paul McAnulty (called up July 4) to pinch-hit in extra innings, then designated him for assignment after the game. That's how thin they are -- guys they're calling up to help are throwaways.

At a minimum, the Angels are going to have to part with switch-hitting Triple-A catcher Hank Conger, who's batting .265 at Salt Lake City. There's also Triple-A first baseman Mark Trumbo, who hits a lot of homers but strikes out a lot.

Of course, the Angels do have one monster prospect in outfielder Mike Trout at Class A, but he's considered a potential superstar and it's tough to see them giving him up even under the current win-now pressure.


The Angels will find a way to get one of the big bats and add at least one reliever. Reagins is going to have to gut what's left of his farm system to do it, so he'd better hope it works.

-- David Andriesen

More trade deadline chatter -- Buyers: New York Yankees ; Sellers: Florida Marlins

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Posted on: July 20, 2010 1:37 pm
Edited on: July 20, 2010 3:04 pm

Trade deadline seller: Florida Marlins

As the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline looms, the CBS Facts & Rumors team will look at the biggest players leading up to the deadline. This week we'll look at the teams who will be talked about the most; next week will be the players who might be moved.

Dan Uggla It's the time of the year where the Marlins get rid of future payroll considerations. The Marlins are only two games below .500 after their current three-game winning streak, but still trail three teams in the NL East and six teams in the wild-card race. Many other organizations may see this as a chance to make a move, but not the Marlins.

Record: 45-47, nine games out of the NL East, three behind third-place Philadelphia and three-and-a-half behind the second-place Mets. Six games back in the wild card.
President of Baseball Operations:  Larry Beinfest
Expectations: None. Really, how many people would notice if the Marlins moved from South Florida? If anything, the Marlins have more of an eye on 2012 when their new stadium opens.
Payroll status: The Marlins had an opening day payroll of more than $47 million, but just $18.75 million tied up in 2011.

What they have to offer

Dan Uggla (.277/.364/.467) is a free agent after the 2011 season, but the Marlins know they can get more for him now rather than next July. He's been mentioned as a match for the Rockies -- and he'd do great at Coors Field, but the Marlins may need to hang on to him…. he's no prize defensively, but he can flat rake.

It also makes financial sense for the Marlins to hold on to Uggla. The Marlins are the only team in the majors with a salary floor, because of an agreement they reached without the players union in January. Josh Johnson is slated to make $7.5 million in 2011 and with another chunk of money going to Uggla -- who is making $7.8 this season and is arbitration eligible -- the Marlins could satisfy their part of the agreement with the union without overpaying for a player on the free-agent market.

That could be bad news for not only the Rockies, but also the Tigers, Red Sox, Yankees, Rangers, Braves and Phillies, who have been rumored to have interest in Uggla. He will likely get dealt by the deadline -- next year's deadline.

So who may get dealt?

Jorge Cantu (.261/.311/.417) has cooled since his white-hot start to the season, but is still a proven RBI producer, Cantu has 53 RBI so far this season. He's played third and first base this year, but is a better fit for an American League team looking for help at the DH spot. A free agent after the season and owed the rest of his $6 million salary for 2010, he could be a bargain for teams -- like the Angels or White Sox -- not looking to spend what it takes for a guy like Adam Dunn or Derrek Lee. He'd also be a nice piece for the Yankees and could certainly provide some pop off the bench.

Wes Helms (.241/.296/.388) is an option for teams wanting some of what Cantu provides without the price tag. Helms is making less than $1 million this year and is a free agent after the season. He'd be a rental player, but it's cheap rent and won't upset a clubhouse or make anyone nervous about their future with the team. Like Cantu, he can play first, third or DH.

Cody Ross Cody Ross (.280/.332/.408) is one of the more attractive outfielders on the market. He's arbitration eligible at the end of the season and making just $4.45 million this year. He'll get a good raise for 2011. With Chris Coghlan, Cameron Maybin, Logan Morrison and Mike Stanton, the Marlins could part with the 29-year old Ross. The Red Sox and Yankees reportedly have had preliminary discussions with the Marlins about Ross. The Braves are also interested.

Leo Nunez (3-2, 2.79 ERA, 22 saves) is attractive to any team looking for relief pitching, which is basically any team that considers itself still in the race. Relief pitching is scarce and expensive near the deadline, which makes Nunez more valuable. He's making just $2 million this year and is arbitration eligible after the season.

Ricky Nolasco (9-7, 4.66) is under team control for two more seasons, which makes him attractive to both the Marlins and suitors. He's making $3.8 million this season and is eligible for arbitration. He's been decent, but should receive a budget-busting raise in the offseason. Some reports have said he's available and others say the Marlins want to keep him.

Nate Robertson (6-7, 5.10) is a free agent after the season, but he's very cheap for the Marlins, despite his $10 million pricetag for this season. The Tigers are paying $9.6 million of his salary.

What they want in return?

The Marlins feel pretty good about their future outfield, with Stanton, Maybin and Morrison and if Ross is moved, expect Coghlan to move to third base. Rookie first baseman Gabby Sanchez is playing well and the shortstop spot is more than ably handled, so the team will likely be looking for arms in return or maybe a catching prospect -- really, not that much different than what every team wants.

Uggla stays put and Helms is dealt to the Yankees. Cantu's name pops up a couple of places, but he's not moved. The asking price is too high for Ross and the team is stuck with him.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

More trade deadline chatter -- Buyers: New York Yankees

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Posted on: July 16, 2010 7:49 pm

Lee says Cubs will welcome Zambrano back

Derrek Lee Derrek Lee says he has no hard feeling towards Carlos Zambrano and expects the team to welcome their former ace back with open arms when he does return.

Zambrano, who was suspended and ordered to undergo anger management therapy after his June 25 blowup at US Cellular Field, has begun throwing at the Cubs' spring training complex in Arizona.

Following Friday's victory over the Phillies, Lee spoke about the incident for the first time and here's the Chicago Tribune 's Paul Sullivan :
"It's going to be fine," Lee said. "He's going to come back and help us. Now it's in the past. It's over with and we'll all be fine."
The laid-back Lee never has been in a situation like that with a teammate, but spoke up in the dugout when the tantrum Zambrano staged to allegedly "pump up" the team got too personal. They engaged in a shouting match that has been replayed dozens of times since.
"You always want to get along with all your teammates," Lee said. ""It's not a fun situation, but it happens. You deal with it and move on."

The day before the incident, Zambrano and Lee were joking around in the Cubs' clubhouse in Seattle. They never had been at odds before, and Lee even stuck up for Zambrano after Cubs fans booed him off the mound one day in 2007.
"The guy has been my teammate since I've been here in '04," Lee said. "Carlos and I are friends. It's like family. You argue with the family, and you get over it."
Because of the things like blogs (yeah, we're guilty) and the 24-hour news cycle, the Zambrano-Lee story will be rehashed again and again until Zambrano returns, or if Lee is traded by then, until the two meet on the field again. Still, it seems just about wrapped up besides the kiss-and-make-up photos and interviews, doesn't it?

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 16, 2010 1:20 pm
Edited on: July 16, 2010 3:20 pm

Cubs' Lee plays coy about trade talk

Derrek Lee is one of the more popular names on the trade block, he's a free agent after the season and whatever's left of the $13 million of his 2010 salary, but he also has a no-trade clause.

Will he accept a trade? Lee's not exactly saying, even if others are. Here's the latest tweet from Chicago Tribune Cubs beat writer Paul Sullivan :

Still, Lee does makes sense for the Angels. They need a replacement for Kendry Morales, but don't need one next season and Lee is a free agent after the season. It makes sense for Lee, because he lives in California in the off-season and would get out of the zoo that is Wrigley Field -- especially before Carlos Zambrano returns.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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