From Robin To Rickie

April 1, 2006

April Fool’s Joke?

Filed under: Uncategorized — John Schmid @ 4:28 pm is reporting that a trade of Carlos Lee to the Cubs is imminent. 

I quote:
MLBTradeRumors has learned of a blockbuster deal that is expected to go down by the end of the day.  Talks between Jim Hendry and Doug Melvin are in advanced stages of a rare interdivision trade. 

The Cubs will send Matt Murton, Rich Hill, and Angel Guzman to the Brewers for slugger Carlos Lee.  Lee will be a free agent after the 2006 season, and the Cubs intend to lock him up after finishing the Derrek Lee deal.  According to my source, the Brewers view Lee's impending free agency as a distraction and desperately want to shed his $8.5MM salary. 

End quote.

If true, I don't have a problem with it.  It has to be an attempt to get our from under Lee's contract and also open a spot at a crowded position in the organization.  I have to believe that left will be manned by a Hart/Cruz combination; with Gross still being a bench option at all three outfield positions.

Rich Hill is not really a prospect anymore (he's 26), but he's the lefty the Brewers have been looking for to fill the spot in their bullpen.  Angel Guzman has a history of arm problems and Matt Murton was going to start in the outfield for the Cubs, but I doubt he's any better than what we can plug into the open position.
It remains to be seen if the trade materializes, but remember, it is April Fools Day if it doesn't.



  1. mlbtraderumors is a joke site. they pull crap out of a hat. I’ve been watching them for almost a full year and they have made exactly zero correct predictions.

    don’t believe a word there.

    here’s the kicker: “the Brewers view Lee’s impending free agency as a distraction and desperately want to shed his $8.5MM salary.”

    that’s very, very un-brewer like.

    Comment by jacob — April 6, 2006 @ 10:51 am

  2. Jacob,

    You are right. It appears they just try and come up with stuff and hope some of it will stick.

    Although, I do believe Lee will be traded by the trade deadline. He is a very good player, but the Brewers have many, much cheaper options for his position. The question is what’s the level of drop in offensive production, if any.

    Thanks for writing!

    Comment by John Schmid — April 6, 2006 @ 6:48 pm

  3. we were just talking about lee tonight. especially after his homer.

    two questions:

    1.) when is hart going to get the PT to prove he can take over?
    2.) what could we get for lee to help the team?

    two answers:

    1.) never
    2.) nothing

    lee walks after a full season, we take our draft pick.

    Comment by jacob — April 7, 2006 @ 9:30 pm

  4. Jacob,

    Hart may not be the answer out there. Like I’ve said before, it may be Nelson Cruz or someone we haven’t even thought of at this point. Cruz had 27 HR and 82 RBI’s in the minors last season. You could have asked your same question of Weeks and Fielder in prior years. You don’t know until you get them out there.

    The Brewers organization is very thin in starting pitching. Ben Hendrickson is probably never going to make it back up here and at this point, Zach Jackson and Dennis Sarfate are the only ones at Nashville who look like they can offer something. This is why Melvin insisted on pitching when he traded Sexson, Spivey, and Overbay. Doug Davis’ contract is up this year and you’ve got to believe the Brewers are going to be talking long-tem deals soon with at least Weeks and Hardy. That $8.5 million salary could look good if you pick up the production elsewhere. Remember too, there is an option on Lee’s contract for 2007. Should that be picked up? You see what’s out there on the market when the time comes and weigh your options.

    Thanks for writing!

    Comment by John Schmid — April 8, 2006 @ 9:40 am

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