Lee blocks deal to Angels

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, Last Updated: 4:51 PM ET

HOUSTON -- Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee has rejected a potential trade to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim by invoking his 10-and-5 rights.

Major league players who have played for at least 10 years and the last five with their current team have the right to veto a proposed trade.

Lee, who has a full no-trade clause in his contract, is due just under $5 million for the remainder of the season and indicated he wanted to finish the year with the Cubs. He will be a free agent at the end of the season.

The Halos have been searching for a power bat since losing first baseman Kendry Morales for the season two months ago. He broke his left leg in a celebration at home plate following a game-ending grand slam against Seattle on May 29.

Lee entered Wednesday's action hitting .248 with 11 home runs and 44 runs batted in.


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