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Lee to Sign Tomorrow
2006-04-10 18:29
by Derek Smart

According to ESPN, Derrek Lee will be signing a five-year, $65M deal with a complete no-trade clause that will be announced at a press conference tomorrow. The terms are to be effective this season, replacing the last year of the deal he had signed during the Spring leading up to his first season as a Cub.

Considering what the market looks like at the moment, this contract seems plenty reasonable to me, and I have to believe that he could have made a killing on the open market, especially since both the Yankees and Red Sox could have been expected to make big plays for The Savior.

Sure, he might not be worth the money at the end of the deal, but he's a much better bet to be close than his nearest free-agent comp this offseason, Paul Konerko. Lee is extremely durable, and is a superior athlete, which gives us reason to believe that he'll age pretty well. As a rule, I'm not fond of five-year deals for anyone, but if you're going to give out such things, Lee's one of the better bets you'll find.

Congratulations to both the Cubs and Derrek. I look forward to seeing terror in the eyes of National League pitchers through 2010.

2006-04-10 23:05:22
1.   Sharon
Hey Derek, what happened to Alex? He hasn't been around for months, but his name's still on the site. I suppose I could have missed this being hashed out in comments at some point -- I check in everyday, but don't always read comments. Anyway, great job!
2006-04-11 09:39:35
2.   84 Cubs
I agree - where's Alex?

But also, regarding Lee: if anyone deserves 5 years, it's Lee, for his durability and his character. He won't flake out or drop off, and should age well. It also seems, as a hunch, that he won't revert to the mean in the ways many seem to expect, but that something has changed and that 2005 will be closer to what he produces than his prior record would indicate.

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