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Braves closing in on deal for Cubs' Lee

Posted on: August 18, 2010 1:02 pm
Edited on: August 18, 2010 1:37 pm
 
With a chance to get back to the postseason for the first time in five years, the Braves are working towards a deal to acquire Derrek Lee from the Cubs.

A source familiar with the talks said the trade was likely to be completed, and CSN Chicago reported Wednesday morning that Lee is expected to waive his no-trade clause to allow the deal to go through.

Lee, who is hitting .251 with 16 home runs, would become the Braves' primary first baseman, and would provide a middle-of-the-order bat to a team that recently lost Chipper Jones to a season-ending injury. Troy Glaus, the Braves slumping first baseman, would likely be placed on the disabled list until rosters expand on Sept. 1, and then would become a right-handed bat off the bench.

Lee makes $13 million this season, in the final year of a five-year contract. The money is significant, both to the Cubs (who will get payroll relief in addition to adding some minor-league players) and to the Braves (who decided that taking on a big contract now is worth it, because of the chance that's in front of them and the major need for another bat).

Signing Glaus last winter proved to be a very good move by the Braves, but he has provided little production recently, hitting just two home runs with 15 RBI in his last 46 games.

The Braves lead the Phillies by 2 1/2 games in the National League East, but they realize that the Phillies are finally getting healthy, with Chase Utley returning on Tuesday night and Ryan Howard soon to follow.

The Braves, who value makeup as much as any team (see the Yunel Escobar trade with the Blue Jays), see Lee as a player who fits in perfectly, both in their lineup and in their clubhouse.

Category: MLB
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Since: Dec 20, 2007
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