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Derrek Lee rejected a trade to the Angels

Jul 28, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

Earlier this afternoon Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com reported that Derrek Lee would block any potential move by exercising the no-trade clause in his contract and now MLB.com has further details that he actually did reject a trade to the Angels.
Asked to comment on the report, Lee said: “There may be a time when I’m ready to talk about it, but not now.”
Lee has posted an OPS above .800 in 10 straight seasons, but the impending free agent in the final season of a five-year, $65 million deal is currently hitting just .248/.333/.387 in 97 games for a .720 OPS. He’s hit much better recently, going 26-for-82 (.317) with nine extra-base hits in the past 19 games.
Lee will no doubt be criticized for not accepting a trade to a “contender” but it’s worth noting that the Angels are nearly as far out of a playoff spot (8.5 games) as the Cubs (9.5 games) right now.

  1. Chasehunterj - Jul 28, 2010 at 6:23 PM

    Why would anyone not want to go to the Angels, this baffles me.

  2. Knight-of-God - Jul 28, 2010 at 6:34 PM

    Ranger bound?

  3. Fernando - Jul 28, 2010 at 6:46 PM

    Good point Aaron, he’s not going from a non-contender to a first place club. In any case, he has the right to turn down the trade. You have to also consider he would be uprooting his family and having to worry about finding a place to live.
    He’s picked it up lately, so maybe he can finish strong and set himself up for a good contract. Why head into free agency by going to a new league to learn new pitchers?
    And more importantly, he isn’t doing it to get an option picked up or to get an extension. At least, not that we have heard.

  4. walk - Jul 29, 2010 at 1:55 AM

    Wow is all i can say. He would get significant playing time on a contender. I want to hear reasons why he declined. Oh wait he wont comment on why? Now i really want to know. He could have just said he didnt want to move his family but by not saying what would have been an obvious answer he is leading us to believe there is more to this.

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