Throughout this entire process of working our way towards the 2012 MLB Trade Deadline, it’s been pretty obvious that there’s one player in particular that the Chicago Cubs covet, perhaps more than any other potential targets out on the market: Zach Lee.
Lee had initially been in talks regarding Ryan Dempster, before the Los Angeles Dodgers thought better of themselves and decided to try and pull him out of a potential deal. The Cubs then shifted their focus for Dempster to the Atlanta Braves, and we all know how that worked out.
Now the Cubs are back into talks with the Dodgers regarding a potential trade, and it’s clear that Zach Lee is the piece that they covet. Aside from being the no. 1 arm in their system, it’s not hard to see why.
Lee is a big kid on the mound, standing 6’4″ and, like the recently acquired Adroys Vizcaino, projects as a guy that the Cubs could put at the front of their rotation. His fastball is in the low to mid-90s to go along with his plus breaking stuff. His numbers aren’t too great, especially since his move to AA, but this kid has the size and stuff to look like the real deal.
Some of the players being mentioned in potential deals with the Dodgers give every indication that the Cubs are pursuing Lee with some aggressiveness. Aside from Dempster, there’s also been talk of including Alfonso Soriano, who has been very impressive all around this year.
Then there’s the matter of Brett Jackson. He was pulled from his start on Monday, which either indicates a callup or an injury. The latter doesn’t seem to be the case, but there still isn’t room for him to see regular playing time. Dave Sappelt is the much more likely callup.
So there’s definitely a chance that the Cubs could include Jackson in a Dempster-to-LA deal, but only if it means that Zach Lee comes back as the main piece from the Dodgers. Either way, this is going to be a very intriguing situation to watch, as more and more names get thrown around in the discussions between the Cubs and Dodgers.