This rumor just came across the wire to me via email. All I have to say is interesting.....
Cubs get Carlos Lee
Astros get Fukudome, Grabow, and Silva
According to the emailer the Cubs would plan on playing Carlos Lee at 1st base where he logged 20 games this season. The Astros would love to be rid of his contract even if it means trading for bad contracts or eating a lot of his. Lee is owed 37 million over the next two season while Fukudome is owed 13.5 million next season, Grabow is owed 4.8 million, and Silva is owed 11.5 for 2011 with a $12M option with a $2M dollar buyout for 2012. So there is basically only a 6 million dollar difference in contracts. The benefits for the Cubs is that they rid themselves of three contracts for next season and they can fill the holes with young deserving players. The benefits for the Astros are they shed two years of Lee for one year of 3 bad contracts. So they will say a lot more money on the nice 2012 free agent class that includes Prince Fielder, Adrian Gonzales, and possibly Albert Pujols.
The emailer says if the Cubs make this deal they are hoping Lee will bounce back to his 2009 numbers where he posted a .300 average with a .343 OBP and drove in 102. If the Cubs can get that kind of production or close to it from Lee they will be in business in 2011. The emailer also said his numbers at Wrigley maybe the main reason why the Cubs want to trade for Lee. He has posted a .290 average with 20 bombs in 259 ABs on the northside.
If the Cubs were to go this route it would be different to say the least. There is one thing for sure you will hear more rumors and news like this as we get into the offseason.
Until Next Time......