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Pirates trade for Lee

Posted on: July 30, 2011 10:45 pm
Edited on: July 30, 2011 11:54 pm
By Matt Snyder

Derrek Lee spent parts of seven seasons in the NL Central, and now he's headed back. Lee has been traded to the Pirates for a minor league first baseman, Aaron Baker, the Orioles announced Saturday night.

Lee, 35, is hitting .248 with 12 home runs, 41 RBI and a .715 OPS. He will absolutely benefit from a trade back to the NL Central from the AL East, though, and qualifies as an upgrade over Lyle Overbay at first base. Lee hit .306 with 35 homers and 111 RBI in 2009, his last full season with the Cubs. Lee has a career .297/.370/.470 line at PNC Park, with 20 doubles, eight homers and 52 RBI in just 67 games.

Baker, 23, is hitting .285/.353/.474 with 15 homers and 72 RBI for High-A Bradenton.

This is a cheap, solid move for the Pirates to solidify the middle of their batting order. It doesn't mean much for the future, either, as Lee's a free agent after this season.

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Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:58 pm

Pirates trade for Lee

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Since: Apr 18, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2011 10:32 am

Pirates trade for Lee

The Orioles also received 100 Primanti Brothers sandwiches and a quantity of Quaker Steak and Lube chicken wings to be named later.

Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2011 5:48 am

Indians got Jimenez

I don't consider this as a good trade. INDIANS pitching staff have not been that bad (below 4.00 ERA). They are having lack of hitting along the whole series except for a couple of home games at the beginning. To lose 3 valued prospects for a so-so pitcher IMO doen't make sense. What the TRIBE needs are power hitters but not more pitchers

Since: Jul 24, 2011
Posted on: July 31, 2011 3:30 am

Pirates trade for Lee

This is definitely an improvement for the Bucs assuming Lee continues to have a hot bat. Regardless it will be nice to see Lee out there instead of having to watch Overbay"s continued lack of offense. I would still like to see an improvement in the outfield. Maybe push for Upton, and the addition of Presley from the dl would be a huge boost to the offense and defense.
I am glad the Bucs have finally made a move but I believe more needs to be done for us to contend with the Cards and Brewers down the stretch. Although with continued good starting pitching and the great work the bullpen have done you never know what may lie in the future for the Buccos!

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: July 31, 2011 12:56 am

Pirates trade for Lee

Should be interesting to see how Lee finishes the year here. Not a huge upgrade, but an upgrade nonetheless.  It's good to see the bucco management showing some smarts, so far... The organization has dramatically improved over the last two years and they seem intent on keeping the core guys together and letting their top prospects grow within the system.  I really like the young arms down on the farm.  They improved without losing key prospects.  Regardless of how this season plays out, there is hope.  Spring training in Bradenton will probably have a much different feel, as expectations will be higher along with the quality of players competing for positions and time.  I still have fingers crossed that they can continue to hang in the race through the dog days of summer.  Their schedule is brutal but maybe they don't want to stop surprising us all.  Go Bucs.

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Since: Jul 30, 2010
Posted on: July 30, 2011 11:48 pm

Reports: Pirates close to adding Lee

Baltimore just got Chris Davis from Texas so it looks like it could happen. 

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2011 11:33 pm

Reports: Pirates close to adding Lee

This is the right move. It's a trade that doesn't cost much, but will add a little pop at first base. I was hoping this would be the move the whole time, the Bucs have decent outfielders coming back off the DL soon, there wasn't much else to do at first base.

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