- Bruce Levine, Chicago baseball beat reporter
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MESA, Ariz. -- Chicago Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee reported to camp on Tuesday for the first day of full practice, and as he enters the last year of his contract, he said if the Cubs don't approach him about a new deal, he and his agent won't approach them.
"It's something you really don't think about," Lee said. "I'm not going to approach them, I just want to go and play."
Lee also said he probably won't negotiate any type of extension or new contract during the regular season.
"I really haven't thought about it much, probably not," Lee said. "I wouldn't want it to be a distraction."
The Cubs first baseman said he would be open to anything the Cubs had in mind.
Lee is coming off one of his best seasons. He hit .306 with 35 home runs and a career-high 111 RBIs in 2009.
New Cubs owner Tom Ricketts arrived at camp on Tuesday. When asked if his family has an affinity for Lee, Ricketts responded that his family likes all 25 players equally.
"[Lee's contract is] a matter we'll let [general manager Jim Hendry] handle," Ricketts said.
Bruce Levine covers baseball for ESPNChicago.com.