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Nationals “have expressed interest in Derrek Lee”

Dec 13, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

Derrek Lee

Washington has been linked to just about every veteran first baseman on the market this offseason, so not surprisingly Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the Nationals “have expressed interest in Derrek Lee.”

Lee is 35 years old and coming off his worst season since 1998, hitting .260/.347/.428 with 19 homers in 148 games for the Cubs and Braves, but he played nearly the entire time with a thumb injury that eventually required surgery and had posted an OPS above .800 for 10 straight seasons.

Ladson adds that the Nationals “are still in the mix for Adam LaRoche” and they’ve been linked to him throughout the offseason, so it’s unclear which first baseman is atop their wish list.

Josh Willingham is already on the roster and the Nationals could seemingly just plug him in at first base, but general manager Mike Rizzo has made it very clear he doesn’t view that as a viable option and Willingham is likely to be traded eventually.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 13, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    The Nationals could use all the power they can get; not just leaving Willingham at 1B and building up your pitching instead makes no sense to me.

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