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07:08 AM ET 07.29 | Derrek Lee, simply, didn't want to leave. Lee told reporters he discussed the possible trade with the Angels -- it would have brought prospects to the Cubs -- for about 24 hours before telling Jim Hendry no thanks. He contacted friends who play for the Angels, he said, and had long talks with his family members. It was an "agonizing" process, he said, but he is comfortable with the decision to ride out this season. "I just decided that for me and my family, the best thing to do is to stay here," Lee said. "That was the decision I made. Jim and I had good conversations about it. He has been great about it."

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Derrek Lee, AP Derrek Lee, AP
July 29, 2010  08:31 AM ET

What difference does it make if he misses the playoffs with the Cubs or the Angeles. He might as well stay put.

July 29, 2010  08:44 AM ET

If he goes anywhere else, he might be expected to produce and help the team win. If he stays with the Cubs, there's no pressure. It's not like they have had any hope of being successful since the early 20th century.

July 29, 2010  08:57 AM ET

He just doesn't want to leave Carlos Zambrano.

July 29, 2010  09:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

He just doesn't want to leave Carlos Zambrano.

That's sweet....in a Dahmer kinda way

July 29, 2010  10:19 AM ET

This guy is about caput anyways...

July 29, 2010  10:41 AM ET

Dismantling the Cubs and starting over isn't gonna be an easy thing...I thought Lee would be one of the easier guys to move. Sure, he's having a down year for him, but he could easily rebound next season...especially with an A.L. team.

July 29, 2010  11:08 AM ET

give him credit not a lot of loyal pros anymore

July 29, 2010  11:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

give him credit not a lot of loyal pros anymore

And you can't fault him for invoking the 10/5 rule, he's earned it.

July 29, 2010  11:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

What difference does it make if he misses the playoffs with the Cubs or the Angeles. He might as well stay put.

"Sad but true"-James Hetfield

July 29, 2010  11:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

give him credit not a lot of loyal pros anymore

that's what i usually say in this situation. but as a cubs fan i feel a little bit differently. cubs need to blow it up and rebuild and lee is one of the few tradeable pieces they have. if lee was only interested in what is best for the cubs he would have accepted the trade. (not that he should be only interested in that, but you get my point.)

July 29, 2010  11:48 AM ET

He turned the my angels? this really is a bad season. I am glad he did however. He sucks now. Can't do it anymore like he used to. Thanks derreck.

July 29, 2010  12:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

He turned the my angels? this really is a bad season. I am glad he did however. He sucks now. Can't do it anymore like he used to. Thanks derreck.

Geech has brunch with Arte Moreno daily

July 29, 2010  02:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Geech has brunch with Arte Moreno daily

i wish. I love tacos and burritos and a little carne asada plate doesn't hurt either. Go Angels!

July 29, 2010  03:40 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

And you can't fault him for invoking the 10/5 rule, he's earned it.

I would agree. I think the Cubs would be better off turning the page on Aramis, DLee, Soriano (if possible), but Lee has earned the right.....

July 29, 2010  04:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

I would agree. I think the Cubs would be better off turning the page on Aramis, DLee, Soriano (if possible), but Lee has earned the right.....

Hey Ten, missed you during the Cards game, lots 'o work today?
You know, if any of those guys gets to hang around for next year, I'm like it to be D Lee. I gotta think this year is an anomaly and he's be back to being productive next year.
I don't know how they'll be able to move the big contracts (Soriano, Aramis, the Human Meltdown) but dammit, I'm a Cubs fan, I can hope!

July 29, 2010  04:08 PM ET

*I'd*

July 29, 2010  04:20 PM ET

Why wouldn't Lee want to stay? Cubbie players, especially veterans, don't get held responsible for poor performance. Just don't have a negative attitude and they will keep playing you hoping you will improve. Everyone is always expecting them to win a championship next year. The Cubbies are in complete denial.

July 29, 2010  04:37 PM ET

Lee decided to stay for practical reasons. Moving to a new team is difficult, and if his average dropped even lower than it is now, his value would be even further reduced next year. He's a class guy and has had his moments. Don't write him off yet. He's shown that he can bounce back. He's lean and in good shape.

July 29, 2010  04:47 PM ET

Why did the Angels need him? Napoli has better power numbers than Lee and his fielding percentage is about the same. Lee is old and aging. The Angels would keep him for the season then part ways after the season. He doesn't want to look for a new contract where he will receive half the money. Loyal? I say he did it for the $$$$. Great job Cubs for giving no trade clauses.

 
July 29, 2010  05:13 PM ET

I agree with mp. How does Lee improve the Angels? He's clearly quit and is looking for a comfortable ride the rest of the season. Nap can hold the fort until Kendry comes back.

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