In his latest “Fried Baseball” audio blog, Kent Covington breaks down the Braves acquisition of Chicago Cubs first baseman, Derrek Lee and the impact of this move on the NL East pennant race. Throw in your 2 cents in the comments area below.
Tags: Derrek Lee, Trade
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With every at-bat or play at first base, it’s quite apparent that Braves first baseman Troy Glaus is in a lot of pain and unable to play up to his full potential. Gone are the days of May where he was hitting everything in sight, whether it was over the plate or not, and now, the best we can do is hope he doesn’t hit into a double play at the wrong time. Rumors have begun circulating that the Braves are close to making a move for Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee.
In his day (he’s been around the league since 1997), Derrek Lee produced some solid numbers from the plate. He’s had 9 20-HR seasons and is 5 shy of 1000 RBI in his career. To date in 2010, he has 16 homers (4 of which came last weekend) and 56 RBI. In the month of August, Lee is batting .306 and slugging .694 with 4 homers and 8 RBI. By contrast, Glaus is hitting .208 and slugging .375 with two homers.
On the surface, it seems like a logical move. It would give Glaus time to get healthier (although I doubt that can truly happen until the offseason) and would add a little more pop to the lineup. The kicker however, is that Lee is injured as well. His performance has been hampered by a bulging disc in his back, which, after receiving an injection for the pain, has him sidelined until today or tomorrow at least.
Lee would definitely be a rental, as he is a free agent at the end of the season, and would have to waive his no-trade cause, which he would likely do as Atlanta is contending for the NL East. The rental issue doesn’t bother me however as he would serve as the next step in the bridge to getting Freddie Freeman into the majors (which I still maintain the Braves don’t have to rush to do). The question is, is sitting one injured first baseman for another injured first baseman the right thing to do. With Troy’s performance as of late, I’d say it’s an option that we seriously need to consider.
Tags: Chicago Cubs, Derrek Lee, Trade Rumors, Troy Glaus
Posted in Injuries, Roster Moves, Speculation | 1 Comment »