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Well here’s a bit of a shocker – at least, it’s a shocker that this is coming up in May as opposed to July. The Chicago Cubs are willing to move first baseman Derrek Lee. Not as shocking? Nobody’s interested.

Derrek Lee, first baseman, Cubs: If the Cubs could move him, they would, according to multiple scouts. The 34-year-old first baseman is in the final year of a five-year, $65 million contract, earning $13 million this season. The Cubs are looking to shake things up, but a taker for Lee will be hard to find if teams feel his bat is slowing. Lee also has a no-trade clause. The Boston Globe.

Lee will start hitting soon – of that, I have no doubt. But even if the Cubs decided their 2010 season was over (and although I’m pessimistic, it’s *way* to early to call it), how much of Lee’s contract would they have to eat to move him? Could they really get something of value in return?

And most importantly, who plays first base for the Cubs in 2011? For the rest of 2010, it wouldn’t really matter – heck, Xavier Nady could fill the spot if need be. But in 2011? The Cubs will need a real first baseman. Maybe the guy is Lee, and maybe he’s still the guy even if he gets traded.

But if it isn’t Lee, it surely isn’t going to be anyone presently in the Cubs’ system.

  • bodman

    And most importantly, who plays first base for the Cubs in 2011?

    Prince Fielder? He will be a free agent AND hes a lefty power bat. I doubt it happens though but I would love to see that.

  • Jeff

    Why not try Tyler Colvin at first base? I know it’s probably difficult to switch positions so much, but he seems to be pretty versatile and has a pretty decent glove. I know it’s not the best scenario, but if they found a taker for Lee, I think he’s young enough and the season would be far gone enough at that point, that playing him at first seems like a good idea to me and solves the whole Colvin not getting enough ab’s problem.

    • Kevin G

      I made.that suggestion about a month ago on another Forum and wad told that was the dumbest idea They have ever hear.

    • Kevin G

      I made.that suggestion about a month ago on another Forum and wad told that was the dumbest idea They have ever hear. I dont think its a bad idea just to see how he looks.

  • daddio

    Blow this team up!! they all suck….none of them are hungry enough to bring what we need in chicago!!

  • KB

    I would not be at all adverse to a 100% fire sale. But ONLY with a new GM. Otherwise, it’d be a total waste of time.

    • Ace

      Interesting point, Kabes. Hendry hasn’t done a whole lot of selling. I think he’s proved if there’s ONE thing he does well, it’s buying – most of his acquisition trades have been pretty darn good. As far as selling, though? Not sure how he’d do.

      Then again, Hendry was always a pretty good scout.

  • ed

    I just dont get this. Lee is the only 1B man in the system. Next year is a different story but for the remainder of this year the cubs cannot get any better than DLee, unless of course they can trade for a big bat in the mean time, and as the Padres are doing better than most, I dont see that happening.

    As for the fire sale idea, who would be traded? Zambrano, Sori, Ramirez, Fukudome? I wish! No body wants or needs those guys. The cubs would be rid of those four guys tomorrow if they could. But it just wont happen.

    Keep dreaming guys.

    • Ace

      I think the idea, ed, is that if the Cubs traded Lee, they wouldn’t give a shit who was playing first base in 2010, because they’d be giving up on the season.

  • KB

    Ace, why would you let Hendry conduct the fire sale? So he could build a new team around his governing principles?
    We need to clean fucking house. I hate to use profanity on this site, but sometimes it’s needed to show the depth of my feeling. And i’m emphatic about it; clean fucking house, starting with the head of the snake. CUT OFF THE HEAD.

    • Mr. Brown

      In that case, let’s pretend that the snake is John Grabow.

    • Ace

      Kabes, you know how I feel about Hendry. I have no desire to keep him around. I was simply saying that I’m not convinced he would suck as a seller.

      • jstraw

        I’m with KB. I’m not averse to a few trades as long as we’re not in selling mode yet but when that day comes, it should be done under the next GM so that he can start building a team his way.

        I think the best first move is for Ricketts to replace Hendry. Then that guy can start working with Lou on player personnel AND working on Lou’s replacement. Really, I’d like Hendry canned the minute Ricketts can figure out who his new GM should be, then Lou fired and Tram made interim manager so that Ricketts and the new GM can have some time to sort out the manager’s job for 2011 and start selling.

        I’d also like to have a look at Tyco at first.

        None of my wishes are going to come true. I can write off this season if Ricketts will start doing to the club what he’s been doing to the ballpark.

  • Dingo

    I love Lee, probably my favourite Cub. But the bloke is playing like absolute dogshit. First base now days is a power bat position and we aren’t getting any of that. But I would hold off for another month before conducting a fire sale. Still four months left in the season for them to pull their collective fingers out of their cornholes and actually learn to play the fucking game

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