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Derrek Lee “definitely” on Brewers’ radar

May 6, 2012, 11:31 AM EDT

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FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported in March that free agent Derrek Lee was open to continuing his career if presented with the right opportunity.

Well, that opportunity might finally be here.

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Brewers are “definitely” interested in signing Lee to take over as their primary first baseman.

Mat Gamel, who was pegged as Prince Fielder‘s replacement this winter, was diagnosed with a torn right ACL last week and is expected to undergo season-ending knee surgery. The 26-year-old was batting just .246/.293/.348.

The Brewers also lost shortstop Alex Gonzalez recently to a knee injury. He was a real source of power in the Milwaukee lineup (with four home runs in 24 games) but might be ruled out for the rest of the year.

Lee, 36, hit .267/.325/.446 with 19 home runs and 59 RBI last season between the Orioles and Pirates.

  1. diehardcubbiefan4life - May 6, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Would be great to see him back in baseball. Class act all the way. If the Brewers visit Wrigley, watch the cheers for him.

  2. randygnyc - May 6, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    The Yankees will give you Eduardo Nunez for Marcum. Let me know, and I’ll give Cash a call.

    • jwbiii - May 6, 2012 at 3:17 PM

      Once, someone mistakes “fringy middle infield depth guy” for “someone worth more than a waiver wire claim.”

  3. cnbweb - May 6, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Melvin said Nunez should be in Double A…. as the assistant to the assistant traveling secretary. No trade for you!!!!!!

  4. randygnyc - May 6, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    Can we throw in dewayne wise, too? Please?

  5. lostsok - May 6, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    Mat Gamel can NOT catch a break.

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