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Orioles ship Derrek Lee to Pittsburgh for Aaron Baker

Jul 30, 2011, 11:38 PM EDT

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As we hinted a few hours ago, the Pirates are getting a first baseman.

The Orioles have sent Derrek Lee to the Pirates for fellow first baseman Aaron Baker, a 2009 11th-round pick hitting .285/.353/.474 with 15 homers for Single-A Bradenton this season.

Lee was always movable for the Orioles, but Baltimore pretty much had to let him go now with Chris Davis in the fold.  They’ll likely give Davis a long look at third base, with Mark Reynolds making the move to first.  Davis has also played plenty of first base, but he is the better defender at the hot corner.

Lee hit just .246 with 12 homers and 41 RBI for the Orioles this season, but most of his production has come of late.  He entered Saturday with a .261/.306/.533 line, six homers and 19 RBI in 92 at-bats this month.

So, the odds are good that Lee will be an upgrade over Lyle Overbay in Pittsburgh.  Since the price was right, it’s a nice pickup for the Pirates.

  1. derpdederpdederp - Jul 30, 2011 at 10:21 PM

    Lee’s stat line looks bad until you see Overybay’s. nice pickup for the Pirates

    • purnellmeagrejr - Jul 31, 2011 at 11:07 AM

      goodbye, Lyle.

  2. bmoreballer023 - Jul 30, 2011 at 10:26 PM

    I don’t know why we picked him up in the first place

    • derpdederpdederp - Jul 30, 2011 at 10:35 PM

      no idea. maybe Bucky LaGrange was their only other option?

  3. myspaceyourface - Jul 30, 2011 at 11:34 PM

    While younger and more talented players are flying around, we sign Lee. . . . WHAT A WASTE.

  4. snoqualmieterry - Jul 31, 2011 at 12:35 AM

    Lee is a pretty good hitter.

    • Mark - Jul 31, 2011 at 7:47 AM

      I think you meant to say Lee was a pretty good hitter.

  5. parlorboss - Jul 31, 2011 at 1:22 AM

    Yeah, NEAL!

  6. parlorboss - Jul 31, 2011 at 1:30 AM

    Free money.

  7. stairwayto7 - Jul 31, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Willingham or Ludwig..NOT LEE!!!

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