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Dodgers skeptical Derrek Lee would be an upgrade

Jun 29, 2012, 6:06 PM EDT

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The Dodgers certainly need offensive help. They definitely have a whole lot of money to throw around. So why hasn’t Derrek Lee taken over at first base for the team yet?’s Ken Rosenthal suggests that Lee is interested. He wants to play, and he already lives in Los Angeles. The reason he didn’t sign over the winter was because he didn’t get any offers he liked.

Lee is 36, and he spent the first half of last year’s struggling with the Orioles. However, that was his first ever go in the American League. After being traded back to the NL in August, he hit .337/.398/.584 with seven homers in 101 at-bats for Pittsburgh.

Dodgers first basemen this year after hitting .243/.302/.339 with four homers in 292 at-bats. It’s hard to imagine that Lee wouldn’t improve on that given a few weeks in Triple-A to find his stroke. Maybe the Dodgers could do better in a trade, but given that it’d only cost them cash to make a run at Lee — and cash really isn’t an issue for the team right now — they really should make a bid.

  1. florida76 - Jun 29, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    Colossal mistake for a veteran like Lee to try and grovel his way back onto a MLB roster at a low rate. He left more money on the table at Pittsburgh, where he would have been playing for a division title contending team and possibly more. By sitting out, he’s not in game shape, and it’s out of sight, out of mind in terms of the other MLB teams.

  2. drakej541 - Jun 29, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    I would just like to thank you guys at NBC Sports Talk for updating the app and putting baseball on top of basketball and hockey below golf where it belongs!

    • bowens3181 - Jun 29, 2012 at 8:21 PM

      1. You know you can customize the position of each sport in the app interface, you don’t have to rely on app updates to do it for you.
      2. The only reason basketball is below baseball and hockey below golf right now is that both hockey and basketball are currently in their off-seasons, which means less stories and less views then sports like golf and baseball whose seasons are currently in full-swing. Otherwise having hockey below golf would be an absolute joke.

      • Old Gator - Jun 29, 2012 at 8:53 PM

        I like Oscar Wilde’s description of golf: “A nice walk, ruined.”

  3. drakej541 - Jun 29, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    Someone couldn’t sense the sarcasm in my post and had to get all technical on me.

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