The Dodgers and Astros have agreed to a trade that would send Carlos Lee to Los Angeles in exchange for pitching prospect Garrett Gould. But Lee has a no-trade clause and isn’t quite sure he wants to go.
The 36-year-old slugger told reporters after Saturday night’s 3-2 loss that he was planning to announce a decision at some point Sunday.
He had not made up his mind by the time he arrived at Wrigley Field for this afternoon’s series-finale with the Cubs.
Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle is on the case, from the north side of Chicago:
Lee is hitting .285/.337/.405 with five home runs and 29 RBI in 62 games this season for 32-46 Houston. The Dodgers are one game back of the Giants in the National League West and hurting badly for offense.
UPDATE, 11:56 AM: FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal says the Dodgers aren’t going to sweeten the pot, since they’ve already agreed to pick up whatever remains from Lee’s $18.5 million salary for 2012:
If you are old enough and lame enough as I am, you may have lurked around on sabermetic message boards in the 1990s. If you did, you may have heard of Sherri Nichols, who back in the day, was a significant contributor to the advancement of statistical analysis, particularly defensive analysis.
While it’s probably better that not everyone is as old and nerdy as me, the downside of it is that most people haven’t heard of Nichols and know nothing about her contributions. That changes today with Ben Lindbergh’s excellent analysis of Nichols and her work over at The Ringer, which I recommend that you all read.
The short version: Nichols is the one who planted the seed about on-base percentage being valuable in the mind of Baseball Prospectus Founder Gary Huckabay, back in the late 80s. She’s also the one most responsible for the rise of zone-based defensive metrics in the 1990s, such as Defensive Average, which she created and which served as the basis for other such metrics going forward. She also played a critical role in the development of RetroSheet, which collected almost all extant box score and play-by-play information going back to the turn of the 20th century, thereby making so much of the information available at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs possible. A key contribution there: making the information free and available to everyone, rather than closing the underlying data off as proprietary and either charging for access or keeping it in-house like some recent data collectors have chosen to do. Ahem.
A larger takeaway than all of Nichols’ contributions is just how loathe the baseball community was to listen to a woman back then. I mean, yeah, they’re still loathe to listen to women now, as indicated by the small number of women who hold jobs in baseball operations departments, but back then it was even worse, as evidenced by Lindbergh’s stories and Nichols’ anecdotes.
A great read and a great history lesson.