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Report: Derrek Lee could make $10 million with Orioles

Jan 1, 2011, 8:54 AM EDT

Derrek Lee with Braves

We heard yesterday that the Orioles agreed to terms with Derrek Lee on a one-year contract. Now we’re learning some of the potential details.

While Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun writes that the contract is expected to be worth $8 million, Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports hears that the deal includes incentives and could be worth as much as $10 million.

That’s a big price to pay for a 35-year-old first baseman coming off a 774 OPS and thumb surgery, but it’s right in line with the market value. Remember, Lance Berkman received $8 million from the Cardinals and the Cubs are paying Carlos Pena $10 million, though some of the money is deferred.

As Aaron pointed out yesterday and Buster Olney of ESPN.com wrote this morning, committing only one year to Lee gives the Orioles the ability to be flexible going into next winter, when Prince Fielder will be a free agent.

  1. Charles Gates - Jan 1, 2011 at 9:15 AM

    I like this move a lot for the Os. An Adam La Roche-esque player is available every year at 1B. Why lock up a question mark for 3 years when you can get the same numbers for one?

  2. Old Gator - Jan 1, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Yeah, and now they can leave that gun-happy idiot in the outfield where his gibberings won’t have to be overheard by folks who paid real money for the close-in seats.

    • Old Gator - Jan 1, 2011 at 10:41 AM

      Oh yeah, and D. J., nice to see you must be the only one out there this morning who hasn’t been crippled by his hangover.

  3. Ari Collins - Jan 1, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Don’t forget that Pujols hasn’t signed an extension yet, so he could theoretically reach FA next year as well. And very technically Gonzalez hasn’t signed an extension either, but now we’re getting quite theoretical.

    • uyf1950 - Jan 1, 2011 at 3:21 PM

      I doubt very seriously Pujols is going anywhere next year. If the Cardinals fail to sign him to extension they will have thrown away all that money they gave Halliday. Wasn’t the idea to keep Pujols and Halliday together for years to compliment each other in the line up and hopefully get the Cardinals to the post season for years to come.

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