Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Lee Gone! More to Come? Notes....

UPDATE!- The Cubs have traded Derrek Lee to the Braves for three prospects. The Cubs are also saving some cash in the deal sending 1.7 million of the 3.4 million left on Lee's contract. The Cubs received a nice return for Derrek by nabbing right-handed pitchers Robinson Lopez, Tyrelle Harris, and southpaw Jeffrey Lorick.

Robinson Lopez is a 19 year old righty with a good curve ball and low 90's fastball. He ranks 16th best prospect in the Braves system.

Tyrelle Harris is a 23 year old righty was the Braves 19th round draft pick in 2009. He is a strike out pitcher and could contribute to the Cubs in a couple years.

Jeffrey Lorick is a good lefty pitcher at just 22 years old. He pitched in Class A ball and had a 2.32 ERA.

This was a much better return the Cubs got compared to what I thought they would. I commend Jim Hendry on this deal and I wish Lee the best.

- According to Bruce Levine the Cubs and Braves are discussing a trade that would send Derrek Lee to the Braves. David Kaplan also confirms this and says the Cubs are close to sending Derrek Lee to the Braves. The only that will hold this up some is the bulging disc in Lee’s neck that has held him out since Monday. Kaplan did say that the “trade is nearly done” though. Rosenthal says the deal “has legs” and Crasnick says they are “way along in the process.” Lee is expected to accept the trade. No word on who the Cubs would get in return but there is some speculation that it could be a PTBNL. One thing is for sure the Cubs will not get a good return for the struggling Lee.

- The rumor that the Braves were interested in Aramis Ramirez maybe still in play because they view him as a good replacement for Chipper Jones beyond this season. The Braves still need an upgrade at 3rd base if they do not shift Troy Glaus over there. Although there are other reports that state the Braves are not interested in any long term players like Chone Figgins or Aramis Ramirez.

- The Cubs are still looking to deal Fukudome, Baker, and Nady but no word on if they have been put on waivers yet. Same goes with Aramis Ramirez as well.

- The Cubs are unlikely to target an outfielder this off-season unless they trade two of Marlon Byrd, Soriano, and/or Fukudome. The Cubs are less likely to deal Byrd because of this leadership, smaller contract, and hustle. The Cubs would like to deal Soriano and Fukudome but may not find takers because of the amount of money owed and the production of each player. I am still hearing the Cubs want to get a big lefty bat for 1st base if they do not move Colvin or Aramis there, they want to upgrade there bullpen with solid relievers, and maybe add a veteran starter to the rotation especially if they trade a Zambrano and/or Silva.

- According to sources close to the Cubs, their main target this off-season will be Adam Dunn. Jim Hendry internally admits he made the mistake signing Milton Bradley over Adam Dunn two seasons ago when Dunn was lobbying the Cubs to sign him.

Until Next Time….

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Here is my assessment of what the Cubs need to do to make the playoffs next year:
Positions to be addressed:
1st Base
2nd Base
A #1 or very good #2 starter.
A reliable setup righty (using Cashner as a middle guy)
A quality lefty for the pen.
I obviously would love to see some others moved such as Zambrano, Fukudome, Soriano, etc., however I do not see that happening, so I will live in the real world.
The 2nd basemen needs to be a leadoff man, which the Cubs do not have at this point. (Brian Roberts?)
The 1st Basemen needs to be a lefty power hitter than can hit 3 or 4. (Carlos Pena/Adam Dunn)
The Cubs are way too righty heavy. I have heard the argument all year that in 2008 they were righty heavy and won 97 games. That is true, however it is the exact reason why they did not win a single playoff game in EITHER 07 or 08. We ARE trying to WIN a WS right?
Also, we need to quit buying into the fantasy that Zambrano is the Ace that will lead us to the promised land. As well as the fantasy that ANY of the rookies will be able to produce, if that was the case, they would be producing now. They are playing a lot of rookies and other than Colvin and Castro, I don't see any worth while. Coleman and Diamond are TERRIBLE.
I realize payroll may not allow all of this to happen, however this would be a start. What do you think?

Roberts 2b (S)
Castro SS (R)
Ramirez 3B (R)
Dunn/Pena 1b(L)
Byrd CF (R)
Colvin RF (L)
Soriano LF (R)
Soto C (R)