04/11/2006 11:16 AM ET
Cubs agree to terms with Lee
The Chicago Cubs today agreed to terms with infielder Derrek Lee on a five-year deal for the 2006-2010 campaigns. Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Lee - who is coming off a career year - won the 2005 National League batting title with a .336 average, finished third in NL MVP voting and was the leading vote-getter in the NL All-Star balloting. He hit .335 with 50 doubles, 46 homers and 107 RBI in 158 games - with his batting average ranking fourth in club history. Other highlights of the first baseman's 2005 season include:
Leading the league and establishing career marks in hits (199), doubles (50), total bases (393), extra-base hits (99) and slugging percentage (.662).
Earning the Louisville Silver Slugger Bat Award and a Silver Slugger Award.
Finishing second in the NL in homers (46) and runs scored (120) and seventh in RBI.
Winning his second career Rawlings Gold Glove, committing just 6 errors in 1,450 total chances while turning 118 double plays.
Setting a franchise mark in home runs by a first baseman, surpassing Ernie Banks' record.
Batting .419 with 28 RBI and 66 total bases in the month of April, thereby earning NL Player of the Month honors.
Earning a pair of NL Player of the Week Awards.
Hitting safely in 122 of 158 games in which he appeared - including notching a career-high 18-game hitting streak April 17-May 7.
Becoming the first Cub in club history to drive in 100 runs, cross the plate 100 times, hit 40 doubles and hit 40 homers.
Since making his major league debut with San Diego in 1997, Lee has batted .276 with 211 homers and 632 RBI. He has doubled at least 20 times in five of those seasons and hit 20 or more homers in each of the last six seasons. In addition, the first baseman is a two-time Rawlings Gold Glove recipient and is a career .994 fielder, appearing in at least 155 games in each season dating back to 2000.
The 30-year-old was acquired from Florida in November 2003 as part of a three-player deal. He was originally selected in the first round of the 1993 draft by San Diego (as the 14th pick overall) and was traded to Florida in December 1997.