In defense of Derrek Lee
From the comments section:
If Lee hits around .700-.750 OPS all year, he will have little interest with his age and injury history. Sure, he might have been one of the best over his prime, but his prime was a long time ago now…
This was in response to my suggesting trading Derrek Lee wasn't a good idea because if the Cubs are smart, they offer him arbitration and take the two high draft picks that come with his being signed in the offseason.
The commenter is very angry about the Cubs right now. That is obvious based on all of his comments all over this site and others I am sure. But Lee is not a .700-.750 OPSing 1B. If he is, the Cubs shouldn't offer him arbitration. I think the Cubs should offer him arbitration because having him back for one year at the 10-12 Million area wouldn't hurt the team.
Just for perspective on his numbers right now:
2009: May 16: .195ba/.615 OPS
2010: May 16: .230ba/.690OPS
Lee's final numbers in 2009: .306/.393/.579
Yep, he's done. </sarc>