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Braves, Cubs Discussing Derrek Lee Trade

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By Ben Nicholson-Smith [August 18 at 10:40am CST] 10:40am: The Braves and Cubs are "way along in the process" of working out a deal, according to ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick (all Twitter links). Lee appears willing to accept the deal, but the clubs haven't determined which players would go to Chicago. Not surprisingly, the Cubs don't seem likely to get big-time prospects in the potential deal.

9:57am: The deal "has legs," according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter). Lee must still waive his no-trade clause. Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com also hears that the Cubs and Braves are working on a deal.

9:22am: The Braves are close to trading for Derrek Lee, according to David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com. Lee, who vetoed a deal to the Angels last month, must approve any trade the Cubs propose. Sources close to Lee told Kaplan that the first baseman would likely approve a deal to Atlanta. Kaplan's sources say the trade would be a salary dump and is near completion.

The Cubs owe Lee $3.4MM between now and the end of the season, when he hits free agency. The 34-year-old has a .251/.335/.416 line in 475 plate appearances and projects to be a Type B free agent this offseason. Lee has a .939 OPS since the All-Star break, but is currently dealing with back soreness.

Lee isn't an obvious platoon partner for Troy Glaus, since both players have a history of hitting left-handers a bit better than they hit right-handers. Glaus, a longtime third baseman, isn't considered an option at the hot corner anymore, but he has been slumping (.575 OPS in the last two months), so the Braves could replace him with Lee.




I don't wanna see Lee in a Braves uni.

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Lee would be an upgrade over Glaus defensively, but he doesn't hit the ball as well anymore.

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Well Lee has been hitting very well of late and maybe a change of scenery will get him more consistent. And I dont think he is close to being done at all...he had a hell of a year last season.

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Glaus will be a RH batter off the bench, while he is healing his tired legs. I can see him playing 1B and 3B after that as well as being a force off the bench as a PH.

Lee gives the Braves a great D 1B which Glaus was terrible in that dept.

All in all it would be an amazing deal for ATL as long as we do not give up a top prospect.

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Heck...

Maybe we do good in the playoffs and decide to sign him long term. Have Freddy Freeman start learning LF and boom...we got a lineup.

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This is what we call a minor upgrade. A "whatever" trade.

BTW, talking about Braves trades:

Alex Gonzalez: .241/.311/.407
Yunel Escobar: .311/.365/.434

Solid trade Bravos.

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This is what we call a minor upgrade. A "whatever" trade.

BTW, talking about Braves trades:

Alex Gonzalez: .241/.311/.407
Yunel Escobar: .311/.365/.434

Solid trade Bravos.

Getting rid of a clubhouse cancer is more important than offensive production is.

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This is what we call a minor upgrade. A "whatever" trade.

BTW, talking about Braves trades:

Alex Gonzalez: .241/.311/.407
Yunel Escobar: .311/.365/.434

Solid trade Bravos.

Getting rid of a clubhouse cancer is more important than offensive production is.
Clearly. Jays must be kicking themselves right now.

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This is what we call a minor upgrade. A "whatever" trade.

BTW, talking about Braves trades:

Alex Gonzalez: .241/.311/.407
Yunel Escobar: .311/.365/.434

Solid trade Bravos.


By the way, talk about clueless idiots:

Rabbethan

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This is what we call a minor upgrade. A "whatever" trade.

BTW, talking about Braves trades:

Alex Gonzalez: .241/.311/.407
Yunel Escobar: .311/.365/.434

Solid trade Bravos.


By the way, talk about clueless idiots:

Rabbethan
Touchy touchy Braves fan.

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Touchy touchy Braves fan.


It's true: stupidity offends me. I can't help it.

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This is what we call a minor upgrade. A "whatever" trade.

BTW, talking about Braves trades:

Alex Gonzalez: .241/.311/.407
Yunel Escobar: .311/.365/.434

Solid trade Bravos.


The first of many, hopefully. I f***ing hate the Braves with a passion.

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Touchy touchy Braves fan.


It's true: stupidity offends me. I can't help it.
There's nothing healthy about self loathing.

But instead of being an idiot and just insulting me, how about you defend trading away a young SS for an old SS who's not as good defensively or offensively.

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Touchy touchy Braves fan.


It's true: stupidity offends me. I can't help it.
There's nothing healthy about self loathing.

But instead of being an idiot and just insulting me, how about you defend trading away a young SS for an old SS who's not as good defensively or offensively.
I dont see anything wrong with the trade.. He wasn't well liked in the Braves, wasn't playing well. So might as well trade him

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