Would the Cubs trade Derrek?
It doesn't look like we'll have to worry about this, but has anyone considered what would happen if the Cubs just fell from the playoff race like a stone from the sky? What would happen to this team? Who would be made available via trade?
Basically, what I'm getting to is: would the Cubs deal Derrek Lee?
I think they'd have to. I don't believe for a second that he'll ever match a season like this one. His value will never be higher, and he only has a year left on his contract, which means that if the Cubs kept him, they'd have to give him a raise anyway. Meanwhile, the Cubs have Brian Dopirak, he of the massive, gargantuan power, working his way up through the minors. Maybe he'll be ready in two years anyway.
I'm just saying, if the Cubs fall out of it, some players will have to go. I'm certain that Todd Walker would be out, as might Jeromy Burnitz, Ryan Dempster, and probably Kerry Wood. But really, if the Cubs were to reload for next year and beyond, no one could garner as many young, talented players right now as Derrek Lee.
What are your thoughts on this hypothetical?