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It’s musical chairs for teams pursuing Adam LaRoche, Derrek Lee

Dec 16, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

Derrek Lee

Ken Rosenthal reports that the Nationals, Orioles and Padres are pursuing both Adam LaRoche and Derrek Lee.

Two seats, three teams playing the game. I guess it’s a shame that Lance Berkman thought it was a good idea to become a right fielder, because then everyone could have their second-tier first baseman.

As it is, you have to figure that the Nats and Orioles are more likely destinations. Partially because they may be more willing to spend money than the Padres, but also because Petco Park is a way tougher place to hit than Camden Yards or Nationals Park. Both LaRoche and Lee are probably looking at one-year deals during which they’ll want to build value.  Having their power numbers crater due to moving to San Diego and facing the Giants and the Dodgers pitching staffs 36 times or whatever it is can’t seem too tempting.

  1. hackerjay - Dec 16, 2010 at 11:28 AM

    Though the Padres are the only one of those three teams that has a chance at the playoffs, so that might entice someone like Lee that is getting older.

  2. proudlycanadian - Dec 16, 2010 at 12:04 PM

    I wonder if the Jays are also interested in them?

  3. icanspeel - Dec 16, 2010 at 12:26 PM

    Even though the Padres have a small budget, they actually have a decent amount to spend after trading Adrian away. Shedding 6+ mill means they should be able to compete for these type of players as if they want anything more than that.. good luck.

  4. Panda Claus - Dec 16, 2010 at 2:13 PM

    Must be time to cue up the mystery team mantra again.

    Considering neither of these guys is front page material right now, it’s really surprising this musical chair game has gone on so long. It feels more like a dance marathon. Yowsa, yowsa, on their feet for one thousand hours.

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