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Thirty-six-year-old first baseman Derrek Lee has already stated retirement is a consideration at this point. But because he hasn't made it official, he's still worth a speculation.
Last season, Lee hit .267, 19 home runs and 59 RBI with the Baltimore Orioles and the Pittsburgh Pirates. But there's more to the story than the .267 batting average tells.
After hitting just .246, Baltimore traded him to the Pirates where he hit .337 and seven home runs in 18 games.
It might not be much, but he's still got something left in the tank.
Predicted Destination: Chicago Cubs
Bryan LaHair is the current starter at first base, with Anthony Rizzo waiting in the wings. If the Cubs don't feel sold on LaHair as an everyday starter and Rizzo needs more time in the minor leagues, Lee makes sense.
Lee was a .298 hitter in Chicago and is a lifetime .283 hitter in the National League.
New Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein was surely hired to blow things up and rebuild. But bringing in Lee could provide veteran reliability and a mentor to the younger options.
It'd also be a nice touch to send him off in a Cubs uniform where he spent the majority of his career, in his most productive years.