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Derrek Lee still wants to play in the “right opportunity”

Mar 7, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

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Derrek Lee is one of the bigger name free agents not to find a job this offseason, but the 36-year-old first baseman is not ready to retire.

Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Lee hasn’t called it quits and is “still open to the right opportunity.”

Last offseason Lee signed a one-year, $7.25 million deal with the Orioles and was later traded to the Pirates. He was a shell of his former self, but .267 with 19 homers and a .771 OPS in 113 games is still reasonable production.

It’ll be interesting to see if he’s willing to accept a minor-league contract as Opening Day nears, because he might need an injury to a starting first baseman to snag a big-league deal.

  1. florida76 - Mar 7, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    Perfect example of a veteran heading down the road to forced retirement without realizing it. Played well with the Pirates after coming back from injury after he was acquired at the trading deadline. Rumored to have preferred a west coast team, but now will need some luck to find a job anywhere.

  2. sfbookreviews - Mar 7, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    He’d be in camp right now if he hadn’t told the Bucs “no thanks” when they made it clear they wanted him back. Now, I know the Pirates won’t be anyone’s first choice, ever, but teams aren’t exactly lining up right now. And if you’re willing to sign with Baltimore last year, signing with Pittsburgh isn’t that much more of a step down.

    So instead of opening the season as the starting first baseman in Pittsburgh, he’ll be bugging his agent to see if anyone called. If this does lead to retirement, he has nobody but himself to blame for not at least leaving that door open.

  3. rgledz - Mar 7, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    The Twins should take a look at him. He’d be a DH candidate and insurance for Morneau. Makes sense……therefore the Twins won’t do it.

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