Lee or Pena?

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

3B:  Even

2B: I’ll give the edge to Lee, but this is close.

RBI: Lee

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.

—Mark Gauthier




  1. jacksonscofield · February 11, 2011

    opted out? Derrek Lee was traded…


  2. cubbiesfan98 · February 11, 2011

    He was traded but because of his 5 and 10 rights as a veteran player, he could veto any trade the GM tried to make. He vetoed twice in 2010, one trade to Colorado and one to the Angels.

    There’s Always Next Year


  3. ronlang44 · February 12, 2011

    D. Lee will always be one of my favorite players. He’s a class act, plays the game the right one (the opposite of Milton Bradley) and I wish him the best in 2011. Hopefully, Pena is healthy and hits the cover off the ball.




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