Lee appreciates Cubs' assistance

Lee appreciates Cubs' assistance

ATLANTA -- If the Braves clinch the National League Wild Card berth, they may want to send a portion of their playoff share to the Cubs.

The Braves acquired the valuable Omar Infante and left-handed reliever Will Ohman from the Cubs while simply having to exchange Jose Ascanio before the 2008 season. When Atlanta needed a first baseman six weeks ago, Chicago provided Derrek Lee in exchange for two Minor League pitchers.

And of course, the Cubs spent this week taking three of four from the Padres, who consequently entered Friday with just three games left to play, trailing the Braves by two games in the Wild Card standings.

"Before the series, I sent them some texts telling them that if they didn't play good, they're in trouble," Lee said. "They had a great series. That was awesome."

Lee said he received some texts from former Cubs teammates Thursday night. According to the veteran first baseman, they essentially said, "Now it's up to you; we did our part."