The Chicago Cubs have been nothing shy of terrible this season. That’s why it’s not surprising to hear that Derrek Lee, who has spent the last five years with the Cubs, may be getting traded to the Atlanta Braves. The Cubs are currently 20 games under .500 and 18 1/2 games back in the NL Central. If I were Lee, I’d want out of there as fast as I could.
The Cubs looked like they might be able to turn things around after the All-Star break until then they got slapped around by the Rockies and Brewers. It’s possible that Lee blocked the trade with the Angels in July because he was still holding out hope that their luck would turn. However, it’s hard to stay positive and win ballgames when it seems like your own manager has given up on your team.
I think getting away from the Cubs would be a smart decision for Lee. Chicago’s season is practically over and he would at least have a shot at a World Series ring if he went to the Braves. That should be all that matters at this stage in his career. Lee has done the best he could to help the Cubs, but you can’t expect one player to do it all. The Cubs are full of talent. They just couldn’t get it together this year to make it work. I think D-Lee will find himself much happier in the Atlanta sun, with a chance to contend for a championship, than he would be in Chicago knowing the other side of town is fighting for one too.
Cubs working on deal to send Lee to Braves [Chicago Breaking Sports]