Quick Hits: LaRoche, Lee, Cubs

Let’s not let the day’s biggest story — that the Cubs will sign Jorge Soler to a nine-year deal worth $30MM — overshadow some other notes and rumors from around MLB. Here are the latest links…

  • Yahoo’s Jeff Passan checks in on the players heading toward free agency, noting that the stock for players such as Adam LaRoche, Melky Cabrera and Andre Ethier is way up.
  • Derrek Lee would be open to returning for the “right opportunity,” Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports (on Twitter). The Pirates could be interested in re-signing Lee, who joined the team in a midseason trade last year.
  • Matt Garza, Ryan Dempster and Bryan LaHair are all in play as the trade deadline nears, Rosenthal notes (on Twitter). The Cubs could look to supplement their core of young players by dealing established Major Leaguers for controllable players this summer.


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36 Comments on "Quick Hits: LaRoche, Lee, Cubs"


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bigpat
3 years 26 days ago

I will be incredibly upset with the organization if they re-sign Lee at this point. I don’t see it happening but that ship has long since sailed. I think his overall attitude here and the fact that he turned down a 8.5M arbitration offer says enough about his desire to play here as well.

Maybe he want to hop back on now that the team is winning, but he can go kick rocks. We will be just fine without him.

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sch1989
3 years 26 days ago

I’m honestly ready to forgive him if he plays like he did last season when we acquired him. He’d be a huge boost to our offense. Yeah I didn’t like how he basically proved he’d rather not play than play in Pittsburgh, but things and feelings change. I hope he has a better mindset of Pittsburgh now. 

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bigsweens38
3 years 26 days ago

 he could of signed with several other teams,heard a child of his was suffering with an illness.

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Zico
3 years 26 days ago

 I wouldn’t say we will be just fine without him. Could we benefit from his bat in the lineup? Yes. Do we need someone that appears to only be in it for himself? No.

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rickjimbo
3 years 26 days ago

Also cheaper than Youk

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Ptk123
3 years 26 days ago

Never in my life have I heard someone say Derek Lee is in it for himself!

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Zico
3 years 26 days ago

I heard reports in the off-season he wasn’t interested because of family obligations or something similar. Now in June there are reports he is interested in coming back if it’s the “right opportunity”? That says to me he is in it only for a shot at a championship and/or money. Meaning, if he suddenly comes to the Pirates for $10 million, then he’s in it for the money.

I’m a Pirates fan, and I love how we’re playing and think this is the year to break the streak, but we aren’t a championship team.  That leaves only one other “right opportunity” situation in my eyes..money. It’s clear the Pirate clubhouse has great chemistry…they believe in each other.

I know D.Lee has been a class act his entire career, he’s entitled to his personal choices, but if he’s coming back to cash a paycheck with the Buccos, it could do more harm than good.

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bigpat
3 years 25 days ago

 How good do you think his bat will be though if he shows up in a few weeks? I highly doubt he’ll be hitting like he was earlier in Pittsburgh. It would be nice to get consistent production from 1B, but I wouldn’t look to get it from Lee.

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3 years 26 days ago

The Mets should sign Leeeee… send down Ike

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Jntg4
3 years 26 days ago

Castro
Rizzo
Soler
Jackson
Baez
Samardzija
Almora
Vitters

Looking good

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stl_cards16
3 years 26 days ago

Poor Bryan Lahair……..

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sdsuphilip
3 years 26 days ago

2 of those don’t belong.

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Corey
3 years 26 days ago

 Sounds like a great AAA lineup. Too many hopefuls and not enough for sure. 

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Ptk123
3 years 26 days ago

Yeah great effort into that post, considering that group’s average age is like 21!

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asovermann
3 years 26 days ago

Great considering that Almora hasn’t signed and Baez and Soler are 2 years away from even sniffing the majors. Vitters and Jackson have pretty much been garbage in AAA as well.

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stl_cards16
3 years 26 days ago

Seems to be a pretty interesting Free Agent class.  I figured a few of the bigger names would be locked up by now.  But at this point, it’s looking like most will test free agency.

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G-Code260
3 years 26 days ago

I hope the Cubs trade Garza away. I’d love for them to deal him to the Tigers for Jacob Turner and Nick Castellanos. 

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3 years 26 days ago

I’m sure the Cubs would love to get a package like that for Garza as well, but I don’t see it happening.

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cubsfan97
3 years 26 days ago

 I think I would stay away from Turner.  Ive heard from Tiger fans that his value is over hyped.  Hes young, dont get me wrong, but he bombed last year in his sniff of the big leagues, and hes not really setting the world on fire in AAA this year.

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Snoochies8
3 years 26 days ago

And he’s all of what? 21? Give him a little time and he should be fine

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skandy1
3 years 25 days ago

yeah, just what they said about Porcello, He’s only — he still has a lot. Add him to the trade list and add Dempster to the Tigers.

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skandy1
3 years 25 days ago

Maybe with Barney thrown in…