So, Derrek Lee to the Braves for three prospects, eh? As he's certainly fit the definition of "consummate professional," (despite what the picture below would have you believe) I should probably have a reaction other than "I can't believe they got anything for a bad back hitting .251" but at this point, the only thing that I'm concerned about is watching Starlin Castro start down the road to Cooperstown.
It's fitting that Lee heads out of town just as the Cubs look to be headed for another solid half-decade of mid-'90s-style awful, because I remember the trade that brought Lee to town as really solidifying that, for first time in my life, the Cubs were making grown-up attempts to play winning baseball. It was on the heels of the NLCS meltdown in 2003 and they were able to get him for the low, low price of Hee Seop Choi. Sure, he's playing in South Korea now, but up until that point the Cubs had an awful habit of being loyal to the wrong guys at the wrong times (it probably helped that he dumptrucked Kerry Wood).
As always, there's an enjoyably cynical take at Desipio.