Cubs' Lee: No thanks to trade with Angels

Chicago Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee has rejected a trade to the Los Angeles Angels, saying he prefers to finish the season with his team.

Lee says he “really kind of agonized over” the decision, but that he decided the best thing for himself and his family was to stay in Chicago.

The 34-year-old, who has a no-trade clause, also says he plans to play beyond this season and would like to do it with the Cubs.

Cubs manager Lou Piniella says he was “very pleased” to hear that Lee was staying with the team.

Lee is having a tough season, batting just .248 with 11 home runs and 44 RBI. But his Gold Glove defense would have been a welcome addition to an Angels roster that already has used six players at first base since Kendry Morales broke his leg jumping on home plate after his walkoff grand slam on May 29. The list includes catcher Mike Napoli and second baseman Howie Kendrick.


The Oakland Athletics confirmed what they had feared and announced pitcher Ben Sheets is out for the season due to a torn flexor in his right elbow.

Sheets was examined by Texas Rangers team physician Dr. Keith Meister, who said Sheets has a tear and would not pitch again this season.

A’s manager Bob Geren said no surgery is currently planned, although Sheets needed an operation to repair the same injury when he missed the 2009 season for the Milwaukee Brewers.


The banged-up Detroit Tigers acquired third baseman Jhonny Peralta from the Cleveland Indians for minor league left-hander Giovanni Soto and cash.

Peralta will fill in for Brandon Inge, the Tigers’ injured third baseman who is out with a broken left hand.

Detroit manager Jim Leyland, after the Tigers were beaten 7-4 by Tampa Bay, said Inge will start at third when he returns and that Peralta will get playing time at shortstop and DH.


The San Diego left fielder Kyle Blanks will have reconstructive surgery on his right elbow Friday, which could sideline him into next season. Blanks has been on the disabled list since May 20. … Pittsburgh Pirates starter Ross Ohlendorf left the game in the first inning Wednesday night after being struck in the right side of his face by a line drive hit by Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki. He suffered a bad bruise. … While Brian McCann was caught in a rundown, Jason Heyward charged in from third base and slid under the tag of Nationals catcher Ivan Rodriguez in the first inning Wednesday night to become the first Atlanta Brave to steal home in 10 years. … San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson has been fined by Major League Baseball for wearing orange cleats during Tuesday’s 6-4 win over the Florida Marlins – an apparent violation of the league’s dress code. … The Philadelphia Phillies put center fielder Shane Victorino on the 15-day disabled list with an abdominal strain on his left side. … The St. Louis Cardinals purchased the contract of right-hander Mike MacDougal from Triple-A Memphis.