Tag:Derrek Lee
Posted on: July 16, 2010 11:41 am
Edited on: July 16, 2010 3:23 pm

Angels GM says trade talk is ramping up

Derrek Lee Angels general manager Tony Reagins says trade talks are getting more intense.

"Other clubs are looking at possibilities, at what players might be available from our club, and we're doing the same," Reagins told the Orange County Register 's Dan Woike . "The volume of calls has certainly increased."

The Angels are 47-44 and four-and-a-half games behind the Rangers in the American League West.

Still, Reagins said he wouldn't categorize his team as a buyer or a seller at the deadline.

"I don't think you have to make that decision," Reagins said. "You're looking at your ball club and how a trade affects the current year and the future years. Each deal is different. Each potential acquisition is different.

"… There are player that can help us immediately; you can pursue those. If there are players who can help us immediately and in three years, you pursue those."

The Angels famously need a first baseman and power source with the loss of Kendry Morales. Derrek Lee and Adam Dunn are the most common names popping up for the Angels and that spot. The team could also use another starter.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 15, 2010 5:32 pm

Zambrano working his way back

Carlos Zambrano The Carlos Zambrano comeback trail has begun in Arizona, the Chicago Tribune 's Paul Sullivan tweets .

Zambrano is finished with his team-ordered anger management and is in Arizona to begin his comeback on the field.

Zambrano hasn't pitched since his June 25 outburst at U.S. Cellular Field. He shouldn't need much longer to get in shape, but the team can use it as an excuse to delay his return to the team.

With first baseman Derrek Lee on the trade block, Zambrano may not join the team until after the trade deadline and perhaps to a Chicago team without Lee.

Zambrano had little trade value before the incident against the White Sox, so if he's going to be of any value as a major leaguer, it'll have to be with a comeback with the Cubs. As for the Cubs, Zambrano is owed too much money to just release him outright.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 9, 2010 10:49 am

Cubs selling, but is anyone buying?

Alfonso Soriano Anyone want overpriced, underperforming baseball players?

Well, the Chicago Cubs are having a sale and they hope everything will go.

The Chicago Tribune writes :
Several baseball sources have confirmed to us that the Cubs are ramping up their efforts in the trade market to start clearing the books of cumbersome salaries.

In addition, it is expected that the team's ownership will address the media soon to assess the club's direction, especially if the team continues to struggle before the trading deadline.

"It has been very difficult for the family and the team the first half of the season," Tom Ricketts told season ticket holders Thursday at Wrigley Field. "This is not where the family wanted to be in the first half of the season.
The problem is, who wants what the Cubs are selling?

• A .276/.348/.548 guy with 15 homers and 43 RBI sounds pretty good, except that he's a liability in any defensive position and he's under contract through 2014 at $18 million per year (and a full no-trade clause).

• A middle reliever with more than $30 million left on his contract and a reputation as somewhat of a hothead.

• A broken-down corner infielder due $14.6 million next season hitting .195/.254/.350 with nine homers and 30 RBI.

• How about an extra outfielder due $13.5 million next season who is hitting .259/.357/.429 with eight homers, 26 RBI and has been caught staking as many times as he's stolen a bag (four)?

• A decent starter (7-7, 3.61 ERA 120 strikeouts, 43 walks in 122 innings) who makes $13.5 million next season and has an option for $14 million in 2012.

• A former All-Star first baseman who has only what's left on his $13 million contract for this season, but is hitting .230/.327/.367 with 10 home runs and 36 RBI.

It's not all bad, though. There are guys other teams may want, like Ted Lilly (3-7, 3.76 ERA), who is a free agent after the season, but does have a no-trade clause. He's the most likely to be traded, because people actually want him.

Carlos Silva (9-2, 2.96) is having a great season, but has a checkered past and is owned $11.5 million next season and has a $12 mutual option for 2012.

Closer Carlos Marmol would bring a decent prospect in return, and Sean Marshall would also be worthy to many teams as a set-up man, but both are more valuable for the Cubs on the team than as a trade piece.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 29, 2010 12:43 am

Zambrano claims he was just misunderstood

Embattled Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano spoke out Monday, sort of, as former teammate Kevin Millar revealed Zambrano's comments during a phone call between the players on Saturday night.

Millar, now an analyst for MLB Network, told the Chicago Tribune that Zambrano claims he was simply trying to fire up the team when he exploded in the dugout after a bad first inning Friday. Zambrano, placed on the restricted list and sent for anger management, says he didn't mean the comments to be directed toward first baseman Derrek Lee, who engaged Zambrano in an angry exchange.

Apparently Zambrano had been lobbying his buddy Carlos Silva to yell at the team, since Silva is having a good season and, according to sports protocol, therefore has more leeway to yell at people. But finally Zambrano decided to do it himself.

The statement in the Tribune story that most rings true is in the words of Millar:

"But see, this is the problem: we give huge contracts to players and now we think 'Oh, that equals leadership,' or, 'If a guy's doing well, that equals leadership.' That's not the case. You create these monsters through organizations and Carlos Zambrano's Carlos Zambrano."

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 28, 2010 2:06 pm

Stone can't stop talking about the Cubs

Carlos Zambrano
For a White Sox announcer, Steve Stone sure seems to spend a lot of time talking about the Cubs.

His latest? Carlos Zambrano should replace Derrek Lee at first base.

Zambrano is a heck of a hitter for a pitcher, but he's still a pitcher. He's a career .237/.243/.391 hitter and is hitting .250/.238/.250 for the Cubs this season. He has 20 career home runs, none this season.

Lee's hardly been as productive as he has been in the past, but he's still hitting .236/.367/.499 this season with 10 home runs.

Stone was on "The Mully & Hanley Show" on WSCR-AM 670 in Chicago and floated his idea of turning Zambrano into the next Rick Ankiel, according the Chicago Tribune .

"It might be time for [Zambrano] to take some ground balls at first base," Stone said. "If you're going to get anything out of Zambrano and if you can't trade him…

"There are teams that would take Zambrano as the fiery guy, but there are not teams that are going to take the 3-6, 5.65 ERA or whatever … The fact is, Carlos' stuff is short. It's been short for a bit. The Big Z stuff where he won 18 games, those days are over for him."

More troublesome than his 5.66 ERA is the roughly $45 million left on his contract. Despite the absurdity of Stone's idea, it is close to one way the Cubs could get some value -- although nothing close to $45 million worth -- is using him as a pinch-hitter/long reliever, much like Micah Owings in Cincinnati. That's not much, but it is something if the team doesn't want to eat the entire contract.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 27, 2010 1:59 pm
Edited on: June 27, 2010 2:04 pm

Zambrano Watch: Day 3

Carlos Zambrano Another day, another day full of Carlos Zambrano drama.

The short history for you if you've missed it all: Zambrano stunk against the White Sox, continued his tired baby act in the dugout, was pulled from the game, got in a screaming match with Derrek Lee, got sent to the clubhouse, then sent home, was suspended indefinitely by the team, ruffled feathers by going out to dinner with White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen that night and then manager Lou Piniella said if the Cubs re-instate Zambrano, he'll be headed to the bullpen. And that's as short as I can make the roundup.

So, what's up today? First off, Major League Baseball and the Players Association are expected to meet today about the suspension.

"It's really kind of a day or two away from knowing any more than that," general manager Jim Hendry tells the Chicago Tribune 's Paul Sullivan .

The Cubs would like to replace Zambrano on the roster, but are now playing with 24 men until the Zambrano situation is resolved.

Secondly, Piniella said nobody in team management has talked to Zambrano since Friday's outburst.

Thirdly, the Chicago Sun-Times ' Gordon Wittenmyer has talked to a friend of Zambrano who gives his side of the story.

Here's what Wittenmyer wrote:

And Zambrano already is calling his actions Friday ''completely misunderstood'' and blaming Derrek Lee for turning it into a big deal by confronting him during his ranting and raving after the White Sox' four-run first inning.

''All he wanted to do was pump the team up. It was completely misunderstood,'' a source close to Zambrano said, adding that Lee ''took it personal'' and told Zambrano to ''shut the f--- up.''

Yet team sources say Zambrano's rant -- much of which was in Spanish -- included yelling, ''This team is horse s----!''

That's when Lee is caught on camera intervening and telling Zambrano to shut up.

They had to be separated.

So, about Zambrano's version?

''That's not the way we see it,'' said Alfonso Soriano, who planned to call Zambrano on Saturday night. ''If he explains, maybe we can see it the way his friend sees it. But what he said wasn't right.''

As one Cub put it, ''Anybody who believes [Zambrano's version] must be smoking something.''

Asked if teammates could forgive Zambrano, Soriano said, ''I don't know.'' 


Wittenmyer also adds that pitcher Carlos Silva, in his first year with the club, is Zambrano's "only" friend on the club and the rest of the club is hoping Zambrano isn't a Cub much longer.

There's little doubt this story will end in typical Cub fashion -- neither well, nor soon.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 25, 2010 8:08 pm

Cubs suspend Zambrano

Carlos Zambrano has been suspended indefinitely by the Cubs following his meltdown on the Southside of Chicago earlier on Friday.

General manager Jim Hendry made the announcement after the gamma, saying Zambrano's behavior in the team's dugout was "not acceptable."

"His actions toward his teammates and staff were not acceptable," Hendry said. "He will not be at the ballpark tomorrow. We'll play with 24. We'll play with 24 before we tolerate that kind of behavior."

Hendry said he "wouldn't rule it out" that Zambrano would pitch for the Cubs again. As previously discussed, his contract is an albatross. He is owned more than $40 million through the 2012 season.

Manager Lou Piniella said Zambrano's actions were "unacceptable" and Derrek Lee, who also shouted at Zambrano during the incident, declined comment after the game.

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen told reporters after the game he could manager Zambrano.

"Yes I can, yes I can, why not?" Guillen said. "This is not tampering either. He asked me a question and I answered it. I can manage anybody. I can. Why not? You go about your stuff, you believe in yourself, you believe in respect. I'm not afraid [to manage] any player in baseball because I'm going to give them all the respect I can to perform for me."

The problem, though, is Zambrano has repeatedly shown little respect for his teammates. Guillen and Zambrano have become fans and were scheduled to have dinner together Friday night, the Chicago Sun-Times ' Joe Cowley reported .-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 25, 2010 6:54 pm
Edited on: June 25, 2010 10:34 pm

Reagins: Angels will be active

Tony Reagins Sirius/XM host and former major-league general manager Jim Bowden had Angels GM Tony Reagins on his show Friday, and reported via Twitter that Reagins said the Angels are considering multiple options and are unrestricted financially in improving the team to compete this year.

The Rangers, winners of 11 straight, are threatening to run away with the American League West, but the Angels are hanging in there at 4 1/2 back.

The Angels have a shortstop problem with injuries to Maicer Izturis and Erick Aybar, though Aybar is progressing faster than expected and could be back this weekend. Previously in this space we looked at some options if the Angels go after a shortstop.

The team also lost first baseman Kendry Morales for the year thanks to a broken leg, and could certainly upgrade there with Lance Berkman, Derrek Lee or Ty Wigginton. The Angels haven't gotten much production at third and could look for help there, as well as looking to improve the bullpen.
Sounds like Reagins is going to busy for the next month, but it's not a bad problem to have if he's been given some money to spend.

-- David Andriesen

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