Derrek Lee Hates The Pittsburgh Pirates

Derrek Lee would consider retirement if he doesn’t get the money he wants this offseason… what a baby.

At the age of 36 and with the career he has had, you certainly couldn’t blame the guy for being ready to hang it up, but retiring like this would be a slap in the face to the Pittsburgh Pirates (the Pirates have a very slappable face in these types of situations).

Lee wants money, who doesn’t? The Pirates offered him arbitration, which most likely would have led to him getting more money than any other team will offer him. Right now it’s unlikely that Lee will retire, I’m betting he finds a one-year deal shortly after Prince Fielder finally signs on somewhere, and chances are that deal with be for less money than the Pirates were willing to give him.

So what does that say? Lee would rather retire than play for the Pirates this year. I can’t say for sure that he would take less money to play somewhere else, but that certainly wouldn’t shock me. The Pirates put a good deal on the table, one that probably would have overpaid him for what he’s most likely going to do in 2012, but he didn’t take it because he doesn’t want to play for the Pirates.

You can’t really blame the guy for not wanting to play in Pittsburgh, I’m not sure why anybody would want to play here. He would have to be a role model and a leader, and he’s probably sick of doing that by now, he just wants a few more paychecks before retirement.

Personally, I’m glad that Lee didn’t accept the Pirates arbitration offer, because I can almost guarantee that Lee would not have been worth the money. He would have had nothing to play for, and he is getting seriously up there in age.

It’s a disappointing reminder that veteran players hate the Pittsburgh Pirates, but at the end of the day we’re better served for it.

Topics: Derrek Lee

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  • mean gene

    He wants to play for somrone who’ll more than likely play 500 ball’ And the chances are that’s not the Bucs, because they still have too many wealnesses yet.

  • mean gene

    He wants to play for somrone who’ll more than likely play 500 ball’ And the chances are that’s not the Bucs, because they still have too many wealnesses yet.

  • lvbucfan

    When I look at Derrek Lee and read articles about him like this one, the only thing I can think of is the portrayal of David Justice in Moneyball.

  • mean gene

    @lvbucfan

    This is real life, not a movie. If you have a choice to play for a winner or the Bucs, who would choose the Bucs?

  • lvbucfan

    When I look at Derrek Lee and read articles about him like this one, the only thing I can think of is the portrayal of David Justice in Moneyball.

  • mean gene

    @lvbucfan

    This is real life, not a movie. If you have a choice to play for a winner or the Bucs, who would choose the Bucs?

  • Ndallas40

    Absurd post. You’re taking a tweet by someone who says someone else says that Derrek Lee might retire if he doesn’t get the right offer. From that extraordinarily weak foundation you’re inferring that Lee says he hates Pittsburgh?!?!? That’s nutty. You need help

  • Ndallas40

    Absurd post. You’re taking a tweet by someone who says someone else says that Derrek Lee might retire if he doesn’t get the right offer. From that extraordinarily weak foundation you’re inferring that Lee says he hates Pittsburgh?!?!? That’s nutty. You need help

  • lvbucfan

    @mean gene Calm down mean gene, I never said this was a movie. I said the two reminded me of each other. A player past his prime, on his way out the door, trying to find another team to play for while still holding his chin higher than he should and looking down his nose at certain clubs (the Bucs).

  • lvbucfan

    @mean gene Calm down mean gene, I never said this was a movie. I said the two reminded me of each other. A player past his prime, on his way out the door, trying to find another team to play for while still holding his chin higher than he should and looking down his nose at certain clubs (the Bucs).

  • mean gene

    @lvbucfan

    I don’t know if your old enough to remember or not.. But, there was a time when athletes cared about the team they played for . Athletes now only care for how much many they can make..

  • mean gene

    @lvbucfan

    I don’t know if your old enough to remember or not.. But, there was a time when athletes cared about the team they played for . Athletes now only care for how much many they can make..

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