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Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Cubs spring training news & notes: Feb. 23

By Bruce Levine

First baseman Derrek Lee spent his first day in camp doing multiple interviews before and after the team’s first practice. The veteran Cub said he wasn’t interested in approaching the team about a contract extension.

Lee, a free agent after 2010, did say he’d be happy to listen to the Cubs if they did have any offers. He also said he’d prefer not to negotiate any contract during the season because he doesn’t want it to become a distraction to the team.
The Chicago Cubs stretch during practice on Tuesday at their spring training facility in Mesa, Ariz.

Manager Lou Piniella said that Lee, Ted Lilly and Ramirez, all potential free agents in 2011, are no concerns of his. The Cubs skipper said he had no worries that any of the three would be distractions due to pending free agency, calling them consummate pros.