Comments on: Derrek Lee Declines Arbitration http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/12/derrek-lee-declines-arbitration.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 04:53:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 By: Mike Shaeffer http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/12/derrek-lee-declines-arbitration.html#comment-11219 Sun, 11 Dec 2011 15:37:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=22173#comment-11219 Ideally, I would want Lee to come back. However, I’m fine with giving Pena a multiyear deal if that’s what he wants (assuming his asking price doesn’t turn said contract into an albatross). The Pirates don’t have any prospects who look ready to take the major league job, save Alvarez bouncing back offensively and moving to the position. I know they have Matt Hague and Matt Curry in the minors, but Curry hasn’t reached AAA yet, and Hague doesn’t profile as a MLB starter. 

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By: Vince Riedy http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/12/derrek-lee-declines-arbitration.html#comment-11194 Thu, 08 Dec 2011 20:06:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=22173#comment-11194 Pena would more than likely require a multi year deal. Not sure I would want to stuck with him for more than one year.

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By: Ian Rothermund http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/12/derrek-lee-declines-arbitration.html#comment-11164 Thu, 08 Dec 2011 15:31:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=22173#comment-11164 I still see Lee as an ideal candidate.  There’s a good chance that he doesn’t want to return to Pittsburgh, however, there’s also a good chance that he would re-sign with Pittsburgh after the market determines his value once the big name guys fall into place.  He would be stupid to sign impetuously and forgo what will in all likelihood be at least a million dollars, if not a few.  Ultimately, if Lee chooses to leave Pittsburgh, Pena would be a great option as well.  If the Pirates are willing to give Lee close to 10 million for 2012, there’s no reason they shouldn’t be willing to give Pena closer to, if not, 12 million.  That would have to be an intriguing deal; he comes in getting a raise over 2011, he’d be penciled immediately into the 4-hole, and be a huge deal in this city.

1 – Tabata
2 – Presley
3 – McCutchen
4 – Pena
5 – Walker
6 – Alvarez
7 – Barmes
8 – Barajas

Sounds better than last year.  Just need to keep these guys healthy, I would have loved to have seen how many more games they would have won in that good first half if the line up was what it was supposed to be.

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By: Ian Rothermund http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/12/derrek-lee-declines-arbitration.html#comment-11159 Thu, 08 Dec 2011 15:20:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=22173#comment-11159 I would agree with you if it weren’t for the fact that Pena has a higher career OPS, hits more home runs each year, and plays better defense.

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By: Ian Rothermund http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/12/derrek-lee-declines-arbitration.html#comment-11158 Thu, 08 Dec 2011 15:19:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=22173#comment-11158 I would rather have production, his motivations are irrelevant as long as he’s a good teammate once he’s signed.

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By: Anonymous http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/12/derrek-lee-declines-arbitration.html#comment-11149 Thu, 08 Dec 2011 12:56:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=22173#comment-11149 I think its pretty obvious that Lee will only play in Pittsburgh for the money.  I would rather have the pick than a dissatisfied stop gap solution.

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By: Dan Greene http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/12/derrek-lee-declines-arbitration.html#comment-11147 Thu, 08 Dec 2011 05:53:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=22173#comment-11147 I read that Lee is just waiting for Pujols and Fielder to sign to set the market before he does anything…doesn’t necessarily mean he doesn’t want to stay here.  Also I’d much rather have Lee than Pena, Pena is just another Adam LaRoche.

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By: Todd Smith http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/12/derrek-lee-declines-arbitration.html#comment-11146 Thu, 08 Dec 2011 05:36:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=22173#comment-11146 I’m good with the draft pick.  If they were willing to give Lee ~$10MM, might as well throw an offer out to Pena.

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