From the Trib today:
Is Lee content with staying with a Cubs team that doesn't figure to contend in the second half?
"Yeah," he said. "I signed a contract here for five years. Until someone tells me otherwise, I'll honor the contract."
Would he ever ask general manager Hendry to send him to a contender if some team is interested?
"Nope," he replied.
As I read this, what I hear from Lee is that he is comfortable and satisfied. Winning, going to a contender, whatever, isn't all that important. That is what I see from him as he strides to the plate. He comes up - maybe he gets a hit, maybe not. Either way, it doesn't matter.
I think Lee is at a point in his life that he is just going through the motions. He has a ring. He has money. He has a family and all the concerns that go with that. Baseball isn't the most important thing in his life.
Baseball is a game of passion and intensity. I've really never seen Lee exhibit much in the way of either.
I realize this is just my opinion and freely admit that it is probably wrong. But I'm ready to see Lee hit the road. It's time for someone to "tell him otherwise."