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Heyman: The Padres are unlikely to pursue Derrek Lee

Dec 17, 2010, 3:36 PM EDT

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Craig told us earlier this week that the Padres, Orioles and Nationals were bidding against each other for the remaining free-agent first baseman, the most prominent of which are Derrek Lee and Adam LaRoche. It sounds like the pieces are starting to fall into place.

Jon Heyman of SI.com writes that now that Lee will be too expensive for the Padres now that they have signed Orlando Hudson to a two-year, $11.5 million contract and close are close to completing a deal for Jason Bartlett, who is arbitration-eligible this winter. By the way, Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com hears that Lee appears to be the Nationals’ top target, so assuming the Padres are truly out of the mix here, the O’s should be able to work something out with LaRoche.

Heyman reports that the Padres are considering second-tier options like Troy Glaus, Jorge Cantu and Brad Hawpe, which sounds about right. The team needs a simple stopgap option until either Kyle Blanks returns from Tommy John surgery or the newly-acquired Anthony Rizzo is ready for the big leagues, perhaps late in 2011.

  1. Old Gator - Dec 17, 2010 at 4:05 PM

    Derek Lee at first for the Gnats. Talk about segueing from the ridiculous to the sublime. It’s time to take down that plexiglass barrier along the front row of seats behind first base now, and to go ahead and cut the grass between the bag and the foul pole. There’s no need to protect the expensive seat holders from missed pegs and no further need to slow balls down the line. Someone who stands a fair chance of catching them will be on duty next season.

  2. icanspeel - Dec 17, 2010 at 6:07 PM

    After trading their big named first baseman Padres should go a few million over budget and land Lee as it may pay off in the long run since if they can get more fans to the game it will pay for that extra salary.

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