As the wheels fell off late last year, it was inevitable that Derrick Lee would be out of the Cubs this year. His contract was coming to an end and I think he just opted out instead of finishing the season. I don’t blame him. That’s all in the past.
Carlos Pena is in, starting 1st base which was Lee’s office since 2004. Let’s look at the tale of the tape:
I’m not counting injuries or bad seasons, just overall how they compare. I liked Lee, he was one of my favourite Cubs but I’m going to be fair.
Home Runs(my favourite statististic): Pena wins
2B: I’ll give the edge to Lee, but this is close.
Runs: I’ll give this one to Pena only because if he were playing as long as Lee has, he’d win this category.
Hits: Again Pena wins this one on merit he hasn’t played as long.
In the end, signing Pena is a good replacement but his average needs to go up which everyone is aware of. It’ll be interesting.