Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Dismantling Continues

The Cubs lost their third in a row at home, losing 5-1 to the Padres. Tom Rickett's $850 million investment just lost their 71st game, but he just saved a bundle on his first baseman.

Derrek Lee is about to be an ex-Cub. This will save the Cubs about $3.4 million this year and will end the tenure of a player who was about as loved as player in recent Cubs history. This love was despite his never winning a playoff game in Wrigley Field.

Well, at least as a Cub.

This page was quite excited when Derrek Lee first arrived in exchange for Hee Soep Choi.

This page is also excited to see him go. Not only wasn't he as good anymore as he was a few years ago, but his defense of certain ex-Cub players (LaTroy Hawkins comes to mind) always rankled.

Regardless, Derrek Lee is an ex-Cub. For the Cubs to ever win a World Series, this is a positive step forward.

Let the speculation begin on who plays there next year. The guess here is Tyler Colvin. He's young, cheap, and left handed. How the Cubs use Colvin over the last 6 weeks of the season bears watching.

I believe it only saves $1.7 million as the Cubs and Braves split the difference on his remaining salary. Plus, if any one of the 3 prospects they got in return ever even becomes a serviceable player, that is just icing on the cake.
I think you are correct. That said, it's still Tom Ricketts' GEICO commercial.
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