This just in – Derrek Lee has agreed to a trade to the Atlanta Braves. The Cubs will receive 3 lower level minor league players in return from the Braves.
This is a bit of a surprise as Lee turned down a trade to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim right around the July 31st trading deadline. But the Braves are in the National League and a legitimate playoff contender (they lead the NL East by 2.5 games over the Phillies) and Atlanta is lot closer to Chicago than L.A. given Lee’s daughter’s medical condition.
Lee has struggled in 2010 – .251 batting average with just 16 HR’s and 56 RBI’s – but the Braves are desperate for offense because of Chipper Jones’ season-ending knee injury suffered last week. Lee is dealing with his own bulging disc issue, but is epxected to be able to play for the Braves over the weekend. Lee will play 1st base while Troy Glaus will likely shift across the diamond to his customary 3rd base position.
We’ll have more on the deal over the next few days, but this is certainly a surprise and a huge benefit for the Cubs who get prospects for Lee whom they probably would not have re-signed this off-season anyway. GM Jim Hendry actually did something good for a change…