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Braves acquire Derrek Lee

Written by Joe Lucia on .

Its official: a new first baseman is in the house. After about 6-8 hours of rumors spreading like wildfire, the Braves have acquired Derrek Lee from the Cubs in exchange for Robinson Lopez, Jeff Lorick, and Tyrelle Harris. No word on who yet, but I'll post about them when the names leak. The deal is a salary dump from the Cubs end. Lee will immediately be the 4/5 hitter that the Braves have been searching for in the second half of the season since Troy Glaus' bat has gone AWOL. Lee has been on a roll in the second half, OPSing .939 since the break and has been REALLY on fire this month so far, OPSing 1.075 in 10 games. This weekend against the Cardinals, Lee put on one of his best series of the year, going 5/11 with 4 homers. Thats the kind of power the Braves need in the lineup. He's been slowed lately due to a herniated disc in his back, but the Braves apparently don't think its an issue. Lee received an epidural on Monday, and will be unavailable until Thursday...which is fine, because its not like he could get to Atlanta in 2 hours anyway. He's a 3 time Gold Glover at first, last winner the award in 2007, and is once against putting up a good season defensively, with a 3.6 UZR/150 this season. Lee is due to make approximately $3.2 million over the rest of the season, and the Braves will be picking up most of the tab. What does this mean for Troy Glaus? Well, he's going to find himself a nice spot on the bench. I'd assume he'll be placed on the DL until he's eligible to come off in September when the rosters expand. Glaus has been an absolute drain on the Braves since the break, and hopefully, the time he'll be spending on the bench will help his knees out a lot in order to let him start rolling full strength as the year comes to a close. He could be a nice power bat off the bench if he's OK. EDIT: Mark Bradley of the AJC confirms Troy Glaus will be placed on the DL Friday and will play some third base at Gwinnett on rehab. Yeah, THATS gonna end well. As for the prospects? Tyrelle Harris is the most major league ready piece of the deal, getting promoted to Mississippi a couple weeks ago. He's a reliever who has a good strikeout rate and hasn't allowed a homer in his professional career. But in the long run...he's a relief prospect who's not terribly dominant. Lorick was pitching well in Rome, with a 2.32 ERA, and a 41:21 K:BB in 50 1/3 innings. He was working mostly in relief, but had gotten a couple of starts this month. He's not much of a prospect, just an arm. The real big loss is Robinson Lopez, who is only 19 and pitching in full season ball at Rome. He's completely fallen off a cliff in the second half of the season, with a 7.02 ERA and a 16:19 K:BB in 9 starts (33 1/3 IP) since the break. The issue is likely fatigue, but there may be something bigger at work. You hate to give up an arm as young as Lopez, but with the pitching depth ahead of him in the organization, its a hit to an area that the organization is strong in.
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