Detail on the 3 Braves Minor Leaguers Cubs got for D. Lee


As you obviously heard a million times yesterday, the Chicago Cubs acquired minor leaguers Robinson Lopez, Tyrelle Harris, and left-handed pitcher Jeffrey Lorick from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for first baseman Derrek Lee and a cash consideration.

There was some disgust in Chicago over Lee’s departure, but seriously what do you expect? This season has been meaningless since before Flag Day, and you knew this $150 million bunch of underachieving MLBers was out of it since Memorial Day. OF COURSE, you have to fire sale and rebuild.

Lee departs after seven seasons and 179 home runs, 11th most in franchise history. In Chicago he hit .298 (1,046-for-3,514) with 578 runs scored, 239 doubles and 574 RBI, making two All-Star appearances and winning a natting title in 2005.

However, he REALLY struggled this year batting .251 (105-for-418) with 16 home runs and 56 RBI in 109 games. His (and Aramis Ramirez) lack of performance this season, are two big reasons why the Cubs never spent a game above .500 this season. Yes, you read that correctly. A $150 million team was never even ONE game above .500

But enough about Lee.

By Paul M. Banks

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