Mulling over Derrek Lee and his fit with the Braves

(Carroll Rogers is filling in for David O’Brien today.)

UPDATES FROM TURNER FIELD:

The trade is official. The Braves sent three minor-leaguers to the Cubs for Derrick Lee. The Braves traded right-handed pitchers Tyrelle Harris and Robinson Lopez and left-handed pitcher Jeffrey Lorick.

“Word now, though unofficial, is Derrek Lee will hold a press conference after the Cubs game.” — Carroll Rogers, AJC

We just got word from the AJC’s Carroll Rogers that there’s definitive talk about Derrek Lee going down. Here’s what Carroll just sent us via email after talking with Braves manager Bobby Cox about any word of a deal:

“I asked if they had a trade yet. ‘Not yet,’ Cox said. ‘They’re talking, I know that.’”

We’ll keep you updated when Carroll reports back in, folks. All this and a game tonight, too. Stay tuned! - AJC Sports

Just another dull day on the “backup” Braves beat today….While we await word on whether the Braves have finalized the deal to bring Chicago Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee to Atlanta for some lower-tier minor league prospects, I thought I’d throw up a few thoughts for discussion.

It seems from what I’ve caught on twitter so far is a lot of positive feedback among the Braves faithful for this move. Then there are some who see Lee’s .251 batting average this year and hear about the sore back and wonder if this is enough of a move.

Here are some positive things about Lee, you might not have thought about:

1) Lee is right-handed.

I think I’ve seen David Ross take more pinch-hit at-bats in the last week than I saw backup catcher Eddie Perez take in his career. (OK maybe I exaggerate a little, but you get the idea). The Braves are short on the bench in right-handers with Omar Infante playing every day at second base, and this way they could have Troy Glaus’ right-handed bat, with power potential, and rest for his knees, coming off the bench.

I’d imagine the Braves will probably DL him with the sore knees now, so they can keep Diory Hernandez as a backup infielder, then activate Glaus in September.

2) He’s a good clubhouse fit.

I don’t know Lee personally but from what you hear he’s a great clubhouse guy. Greg Maddux always spoke really highly of Lee from his years with the Cubs and pulled for him to do well long after they were teammates. David O’Brien knows Lee from years of covering him with the Marlins and says he’s as classy as you get.

So when you take clubhouse chemistry into account, and the Braves do, then he works. For a team that has prided itself this season on having a great clubhouse and for saying that chemistry translates onto the field, it’s important.

3) He’s a really good defensive first baseman.

Lee is a three-time Gold Glove first baseman, who as we’ve seen over the years, can really pick it over there. He won Gold Gloves in 2003, 2005 and 2007. He’s 6-foot-5, but graceful and quiet over there.

Glaus hasn’t been a glaring weakness over there (remember Ken Caminiti?) but between his relative inexperience after making the transition from third base and his achy knees, Lee would provide a clear improvement there, even on something like pickoff throws.

4) He’s playing better.

Since the All-Star break, Lee has .313 (30-for-96) with eight doubles, six home runs and 20 RBIs in 24 games. Before the All-Star break, he hit .233 in 85 games, with 13 doubles, 10 homers and 36 RBIs. Since the All-Star break, his on-base percentage is .356 and his slugging percentage is .583.

5) He has playoff experience.

Lee played on the Marlins World Series championship team in 2003 and made the playoffs with the Cubs in both 2007 and 2008.

A move like this also confirms what we reported a couple of days ago about how the Braves wanted another veteran in the middle of the lineup, rather than another 20-something year old. Prospect Freddie Freeman should still get a September call-up to get his feet wet, but there won’t be as much pressure on the young kid to go out there and perform in a key role.

6) As a free agent at the end of the season, the Braves don’t have to worry about getting bogged down financially at a position where they have Freeman poised to take over next year.

A couple of other things to note: Lee turns 35 on Sept. 6. Also, I’m sure this is not a deciding factor in a move like this, but this move could save the Braves up to $750,000 in bonus money if Glaus doesn’t reach 500 plate appearances. He’s at 466 plate appearances entering tonight’s game. (Glaus is owed $350,000 when he gets there and another $400,000 when he reaches 550.)

Tonight

We’ve got Tim Hudson on the mound tonight against the Nationals, and that’s almost always a good thing. (And did we mention, he’s also got a pretty good winning streak going at 5-0 with a 0.49 ERA in his past five starts?) He’s 10-1 with a 1.49 ERA in 16 career starts against the Nationals. The Braves showed signs last night of doing to the last-place Nats what you would expect more often – pitch well against them, beat them, and in some cases, go on and demoralize them with an offensive outpouring.

Kris Medlen was to have his Tommy John surgery today. I’m sure it went fine, but I’ll get an update on that today at the ballpark. More as we go, folks.

2,546 comments Add your comment

Dick Doss

August 18th, 2010
1:59 pm

welcome to the braves Lee!!

Dirty Bird Zone

August 18th, 2010
2:02 pm

Sharing time at 1B with Glaus and DH in the World Series. Good move to upgrade the middle of a solid batting order. Get Lee!

flange1

August 18th, 2010
2:02 pm

Hi Carroll,

Thanks for the new blog!

SoWeGa Fanatic

August 18th, 2010
2:10 pm

Then, kuddos to RHR. First time I saw it, I fell out of chair laughing. Fits RS so well. Still funny when you look at him.

Yep

August 18th, 2010
2:11 pm

I’m all for it

Mike

August 18th, 2010
2:12 pm

I’m OK with getting Lee, but I’m more concerned with the OF. Ankiel hitting .147 is going to kill us. How long can we stand to see him strike out. Gotta get some help in CF for any post season hopes.

just SHOOT me

August 18th, 2010
2:13 pm

Well I guess Prado could possibly move over to third and place Glaus on the bench. That may work. I guess it would be ok. I’m sure Bobby can figure it out.

bruce

August 18th, 2010
2:13 pm

Carroll seems like some big news is always looming when you are at the helm this summer… pretty cool.

Brian from SC

August 18th, 2010
2:13 pm

Mike, if Ankiel continues to hit .147, you can just use Cabrera in CF. He’s been hot.

Dominic

August 18th, 2010
2:14 pm

It’s all well and good if we don’t have to give up anybody significant. What prospects’ names are being bandied about? Remember he’s just a 2 and a half month rental.

Mike

August 18th, 2010
2:14 pm

who are the braves giving up for lee?

Brian from SC

August 18th, 2010
2:14 pm

On paper, tonight’s game is the easiest of the three. Knowing this team, they’ll make it interesting. ;)

SoWeGa Fanatic

August 18th, 2010
2:15 pm

Willie Coyote

August 18th, 2010
2:15 pm

Giving up someone we aren’t really counting on in next few years for this guy? That sounds like a no brainer to me especially with the strength & depth of our farm system.

JeanE

August 18th, 2010
2:15 pm

Ahh, Glaussy I’ll miss seeing you at 1st base, constantly pulling on your shirt (he has a weird shirt pulling obsession!)…rest those man-tree legs & knees and come back from the DL refreshed and ready to contribute to this team! D-Ro always spoke highly of D-Lee, too from his time with the Cubbies.

RC

August 18th, 2010
2:15 pm

Mike,

I agree that CF is still the biggest hole in this team. Ideal situation would be either McLouth suddenly “finding it” again, or Ankiel playing out of his mind for the next couple of months. Since neither of those is likely, and I doubt that the Braves will make another move to acqure any CF help, the best play is probably a platoon where Melky plays every day in either LF or CF, and Diaz/Ankiel play depending on the handedness of the starting pitcher.

Nick Esasky

August 18th, 2010
2:16 pm

All this trade talk is making me dizzy!

Smoothie

August 18th, 2010
2:17 pm

Carroll – can you fill in for Vivlamore this season at Thrashers training camp? We could use more “big” news going into the preseason!

mark bradley's 70's fro and mustache

August 18th, 2010
2:17 pm

Once again your awesome field reporting DOB has come through! Insightful and informative. The braves should get Dlee! Great fit! Good offense and defense. GO BRAVES!!!

Brad

August 18th, 2010
2:19 pm

Two great outcomes of this trade: Omar and Prado BOTH starting AND Glaus gets some rest on the bench. Pull it off Frank Wren!

Dale Murphy for Governor...

August 18th, 2010
2:19 pm

Ankiel keeps this up, now way in hell he is on the playoff roster. Braves have one more move up their sleeves…you watch and see as acquiring LEE just takes us one step closer to the promised land. Next move will be for an OF…who really can hit. Not sure who that maybe…but it will happen as long as Ankiel keeps getting all those K’s and providing no production.

BELIEVE…(one more move to follow before 9/1 call-ups…FREEMAN included….)

Mitchie-san

August 18th, 2010
2:19 pm

Dang DOB, You are fast. Excellent work.

Mitchie-san

August 18th, 2010
2:20 pm

Oops, Carroll. Excellent work.

Chip Caray's Eyebrows

August 18th, 2010
2:20 pm

I think Carroll downplayed Glaus’ liabiltiy defensively at first base. Dude can’t reach for anything anymore. That has not been the complete problem with the poor defense of late, but adding a veteran gold glove like Lee would certainly help the team defense, which is critical to a pitching based team like the Braves.

MattyRoss

August 18th, 2010
2:20 pm

Crazy amount of roster turnover so far. I’d be worried about the clubhouse vibe (not that Lee’s a bad guy, just another new guy to meet) if people didn’t seem to fit in so quickly. AGon already using phrases like “this team” and “we” was pretty comforting. Not sure how Ankiel’s been going, but part of me wants to say you need to get over the Mendoza line before worrying about your social life.

Just hope this is all being presented to Glaussy in a positive way. As old Lou Brown said to the Wild Thing…”You’re one of the guys that got us here.”

BC

August 18th, 2010
2:20 pm

I don’t think the Braves made this move so he could share time with Glaus. He is taking over first base from Glaus, period. If Lee is healthy, Glaus will not see regular playing time for the rest of the season.

Dalton Person

August 18th, 2010
2:21 pm

Carroll, for a “back-up” I say you do a pretty good job as the Braves beat. Keep us up to date on Lee.

74 Dawg

August 18th, 2010
2:21 pm

They are basically platooning Diaz and Ankiel now, with Cabrera moving between left and center and playing most of the time. Plus Hinske.

IHEARTCARROLL

August 18th, 2010
2:24 pm

Assuming that Prado and Infante continue their success, will Infante become our regular left fielder if Chipper returns in good form next spring?

We’re poised to make a good run this post season, but we could be good for the next few years. Improvements in one or two spots and we could be real good.

Danlee

August 18th, 2010
2:24 pm

I was a bit upset when I first heard that a .250 guy with a sore back was our plan to replace Troy, but the more I hear about Lee the more I like him. I’m an especially big fan of the gold glove, we NEED solid defense down the stretch

John Downing

August 18th, 2010
2:24 pm

Lee not in Cubs line-up today. Good sign for the trade.

Thanks Bobby & Frank...for saving me for September / October...

August 18th, 2010
2:24 pm

My knees are killing me…DL me now and bring me back for the series against the Marlin (9/3…)

I will carry my end of the bargain and provide more production with RISP, etc.

I PROMISE,

Troy

BELIEVE…

Shaun

August 18th, 2010
2:24 pm

Lee is not in the lineup against San Diego today, if that’s worth anything.

IHEARTCARROLL

August 18th, 2010
2:25 pm

Carroll, I thought DOB was your back-up.

Mitchie-san

August 18th, 2010
2:25 pm

Man, the lineup looks completly different than last year. Who are the only everyday starters left? Prado and McCann? And Prado wasnt even a starter at the begining of the year. Amazing they are in first place. Kudos to Mr. Wren.

GTSteve

August 18th, 2010
2:26 pm

I agree Matty Ross, except, we agreed to call it the McDoza line in honor of Nate

Mr. Melancholy

August 18th, 2010
2:26 pm

It’s all about the health. He may be a great guy and teammate, playing well lately, but if he’s in the process of falling apart, he’s no better than Glaus.

kneecap

August 18th, 2010
2:27 pm

taxman kenneth

August 18th, 2010
2:27 pm

Lee at best will be a 6 week rental. I hope the braves are not stupid enough to give away the farm for him. I say that because they were in the Wainwright disaster and the Tex disaster. Make out for the next 2 weeks and bring Freeman up. Probably will be a lopsided trade favoring the Cubs.

SoWeGa Fanatic

August 18th, 2010
2:28 pm

Lee’s not in the lineup due to an epidural in his back, not the potential trade.

BFC

August 18th, 2010
2:28 pm

Please DL Troy even if we are not able to get D Lee.This guy is got to be hurt the way he hobbles around and you know it bothers him not to be able to perform and help this team.

submariner

August 18th, 2010
2:28 pm

Nate McClouth is in this deal.

TennesseePaul

August 18th, 2010
2:28 pm

Thanks Carroll.

this move could save the Braves up to $750,000 in bonus money if Glaus doesn’t reach 500 plate appearances

I don’t know how spending $3.4M can be considered saving $750K. But whatever it takes to get a solid first baseman…

Bartholomew (Bat) Masterson

August 18th, 2010
2:28 pm

Lee is not in the lineup against San Diego today, if that’s worth anything.

Lee had a shot and is unavailable.

Brian from SC

August 18th, 2010
2:28 pm

To the people worrying about what we’ll be trading to the Cubs…it’s just a salary dump for Chicago. You probably have never even heard of whoever it is the Braves will be trading away.

dickfer

August 18th, 2010
2:29 pm

taxman
both those trades were completely different

the braves arent going to give away crap to get lee for 40 games.

dickfer

August 18th, 2010
2:30 pm

hell, it might even be a ptbnl for lee

flange1

August 18th, 2010
2:31 pm

D Lee has just received a shot is his back for bulging disks. He will not play anywhere until Thursday.

jeffrey d

August 18th, 2010
2:32 pm

I don’t get the player to be named later thing. What’s keeping the Braves from ever getting around to name that player? And what’s keeping the Braves from signing some chimney sweep to a lower-minor league contract and sending him for Lee?

TennesseePaul

August 18th, 2010
2:32 pm

hell, it might even be a ptbnl for lee

I don’t think so. The Braves already traded JoJo to the Blue Jays.

Duder

August 18th, 2010
2:32 pm

Lee had a shot and is unavailable.
——
Oh great, so now we find out he is an alcoholic.

ALL IS LOST

August 18th, 2010
2:32 pm

Troy has played hard and been a big part of this team. I’m sorry his knees have him playing below his expectation.

Brian from SC

August 18th, 2010
2:33 pm

jeffrey d, I assume there’s usually a list of names that the teams will choose from. They just don’t want to do it right away. It wouldn’t be just any old player the Braves sign.

TennesseePaul

August 18th, 2010
2:33 pm

I don’t get the player to be named later thing

My understanding is the acquiring team names the player, not the Braves. But the Braves restrict the list of players available to the acquiring team in a ptbnl deal.

jeffrey d

August 18th, 2010
2:33 pm

Does one shot make you an alcoholic?

brian

August 18th, 2010
2:34 pm

Carroll – you don’t have many dull days when filling in do you?

dickfer

August 18th, 2010
2:34 pm

tennpaul

hahahahaha

well played mauer, well played

bgvt

August 18th, 2010
2:34 pm

I doubt that the Cubs will get a great prospect in this deal. They will avoid paying $3 m. in salary. Neither team would want to offer D Lee arbitration since he would make at least $10 m. for next year. What other contending team is looking for help at 1B or on the bench (and would be willing to fork over $3 million for a bench bat)? Plus, Lee can reject trades — and might prefer the NL. Of the NL contenders: St. Louis (Pujols), Cincinnati (Votto), Phillies (Howard), SD (A Gon), SF (Huff?), I don’t think Lee is an upgrade for any of them. So the Cubs don’t have a lot of choice. They can pay the $3 million or dump the salary on the Braves (plus get a mid-level prospect).

Tater the Bobby Hater

August 18th, 2010
2:34 pm

They Braves will probably be dumb enough to give away some good prospects for this old-timer with the sore back and slowing back. Typical Braves.

jeffrey d

August 18th, 2010
2:35 pm

Thanks Brian and Tennessee Paul. That makes sense.

Bartholomew (Bat) Masterson

August 18th, 2010
2:35 pm

Lee had a shot and is unavailable.
——
Oh great, so now we find out he is an alcoholic.

One shot does not an alcoholic make, likely just a sociable fellow.

TennesseePaul

August 18th, 2010
2:36 pm

player-to-be-named-later deals are like Walmart’s $5 DVD bin. You give Walmart five bucks and they tell you to pick the DVD you want from that bin.

bgvt

August 18th, 2010
2:37 pm

jeffrey d –

Some times a ptbnl is on the DL since players can’t be traded while on the DL. The earlier answers are correct that the trade sets the parameters for who the player will be. It isn’t just at the seller’s discretion who goes and when the deal is completed.

GTI in Chicago

August 18th, 2010
2:38 pm

Living where I do, allow me to pretend to be an authority about this:
Lee can ONLY help the Bravos. SMART player, great with the glove, and classy, classy, Classy. Love that he’s left handed. Love that it would give the Braves a chance to DL Glaus and let him get healthy. (Anybody else notice him wobble into 3rd base in the 6th last night and then have a hard trouble not falling over the bag. Those knees are really limiting him. I think his knees get healthy and the bat comes back.) And love what Lee could mean as a part of the mix in any potential playoff series.

jeffrey d

August 18th, 2010
2:38 pm

Carroll – you don’t have many dull days when filling in do you?

All the big stuff does seem to happen when she’s filling in, doesn’t it? Heaven forbid DOB ever has to take a week off during the season. He’d come back and we’d be named the Atlanta Biebers and we’d have siamese twins playing shortstop.

RC

August 18th, 2010
2:38 pm

Lee had a shot and is unavailable.
——
Oh great, so now we find out he is an alcoholic.

One shot does not an alcoholic make, likely just a sociable fellow.

Actually, being unavailable after just one shot would make him somewhat of a lightweight.

GTSteve

August 18th, 2010
2:39 pm

@TNPaul…excellent

jeffrey d

August 18th, 2010
2:39 pm

player-to-be-named-later deals are like Walmart’s $5 DVD bin. You give Walmart five bucks and they tell you to pick the DVD you want from that bin.

Sorry Cubs, looks like you’re getting “Weekend at Bernie’s 2″

SUCKERS!!!

Glen W

August 18th, 2010
2:39 pm

PTBNL can be useful if the receiving team would like to do more scouting, for exmaple. It could be a list of 5 names, for example, that the receiving team could choose from. Or it could be a list of 10 names, for example, that the team cannot choose from.

PTBNL could also be based on how much production the Braves get from Lee in order to reduce any health risk that might be in an issue. One list of decent prospects might be agreed if Lee players x number of games or more and another list of lesser prospects could be chosen from if did not play in x number of games.

Things like that.

David O'Brien

August 18th, 2010
2:40 pm

jeffrey d., that 2:38 comment made me laugh. well done.

JBoog1285

August 18th, 2010
2:40 pm

Guys and Gals, the PTBNL is most likely going to depend on how Lee performs for us. If he sucks, they get a crappy prospect. If he does well, they get a better prospect. That’s why you name him later.

Tami

August 18th, 2010
2:41 pm

Carroll, here’s what MLB.com/chicagocubs has to say:

The Braves wouldn’t have to part ways with Julio Teheran, Mike Minor or any of the other young pitchers that they have thrown into their “elite prospect” category. But the source indicated that the Cubs are seeking to land at least two above-average prospects.

While there are some health concerns surrounding Lee, the Braves are hoping he could prove to be more dependable than Glaus, who appeared to further aggravate his troublesome knees during Tuesday night’s 10-2 win over the Nationals.

Glaus, 34, has batted .175 with two homers and a .266 slugging percentage over his past 45 games. He is 34 plate appearances away from raising his season total to 500 and consequently landing his third $350,000 bonus. He would gain a $400,000 bonus if he reaches 550 plate appearances.

Lee has batted .282 with six homers and a .454 slugging percentage over his past 43 games. Four of those homers were compiled this weekend against the Cardinals. Braves top scout Jim Fregosi was in San Francisco to watch the Cubs but Lee did not play as he was placed on the bereavement list to attend to his ill grandfather. Fregosi did follow the Cubs to St. Louis.

The TWO above-average minor league prospects concern me. I think the Cubs will end up on the better end of the deal. It’s time the Braves stop making these kind of deals before they trade away the entire farm for a bunch of “stars past their prime” players. I don’t believe Lee is the answer. If he said “no” to the LA Angels, he may very well say “no” to the Braves — regardless of his desire to play for Bobby.

MiaBchBravesFan

August 18th, 2010
2:41 pm

OK, with apologies to DOB & Carroll, I will gladly start accepting kudos from supporters, and APOLOGIES from those silly naysayers who thought I was insane for proposing and advancing the Derrek Lee acquisition WELL OVER A MONTH AGO!!!

Yes, I plotted out the feasability of such a gambit, and how a post-All Star game HOT Lee would propell the Braves. Yes, ALL of you!!! My resume is polished, Frank; I’m ready to help.

In the meantime, I wish to bathe in the waters of credulity and brilliance!!! :-)

GTI in Chicago

August 18th, 2010
2:42 pm

*Meant to say, love that he’s RIGHT-handed.

Tale of Woe

August 18th, 2010
2:42 pm

Lee might get traded to the Braves and his first start would be against the Cubs…That would be weird….

NC State Nate

August 18th, 2010
2:44 pm

“Troy Renck of the Denver Post fully expects the Rockies to have parted ways with Brad Hawpe by the weekend” (MLBtraderumors.com)

Brad Hawpe in LF anyone?

tralfaz

August 18th, 2010
2:44 pm

I like Lee, at least he always seemed to kill US when I was watching, but I’d prefer bringing up Freeman & trading for a CF

GTSteve

August 18th, 2010
2:44 pm

The Braves must be getting Cliff Lee, because I have seen 2 different people refer to him as left-handed today

Glen W

August 18th, 2010
2:44 pm

Tami, they would not be wasting anyone’s time talking about specific prospects unless they had an answer from lee that he would approve the deal.

And as for above average prospects, in that past that could have been a prospect along the lines of Lillibridge or Reyes or Blanco.

Glen W

August 18th, 2010
2:45 pm

Brad Hawpe in LF anyone?

No thank you.

shawn

August 18th, 2010
2:45 pm

It would be a great trade as long as we are not giving up too much in terms of prospects.

JoeBrave

August 18th, 2010
2:45 pm

Sheesh! stay away from the other blog!!! Insanity is reigning supreme!
Utley is better than Honus Wagner
Minor is in the D.Lee deal, and Lumpy Klump is now moving to third!!
And folks rant about me!!!!! good grief, Pre-K adjourned early today!
Nice job F.W. much needed power!

Tale of Woe

August 18th, 2010
2:46 pm

If we give up 2 above average prospects I will be mad

MiaBchBravesFan

August 18th, 2010
2:46 pm

Lee will be had very cheaply in the way of prospects. The Braves are going to eat contract money on this, but not part with primo prospects for what amounts to a month and a half rental. :-)

Murph

August 18th, 2010
2:46 pm

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The Braves are winning, they are in first, and they have built a great farm system. Lee is broke, if he costs a single prospect it’s one prospect too many, and there’s no way to tell how adding him will mess with the club chemistry.

Leave it alone, call up FF in September, and stay the course… stay the course, Frank. Stay the course.

dickfer

August 18th, 2010
2:47 pm

murph, you’re a tard

Glen W

August 18th, 2010
2:48 pm

And regardless of who they are, the Cubs will report that they are excited to get them and think they could be a valuable part of the organization in the future.

Intervention, Thy Name Is Wren!

August 18th, 2010
2:48 pm

The name implies what it seems like. Bobby is blindly loyal to his players. (Shultz column reflects this view as well) Wren seems to be intervening. In years past I think JS would just let Bobby continue to be loyal to Glaus and run his crippled body out there every game.

Wren seems like a different animal. I’m convinced that Wren is doing this based more on his sense of what is needed rather than what Bobby wants to do. I also don’t sense that Wren has the same patience that Bobby has while waiting for results. That may be reflected in Wren’s choice of the team’s next manager. There may actually be some surprises in store when the next manager is chosen. (I read an article recently about the trend of GM’s hiring managers who are created in their likeness)

At any rate, if the Lee deal is done, Bobby will have little choice but to put him in the lineup and sit Troy. But I have no doubt that if this were left entirely up to Bobby and his unending optimistic outlook on the future, we would be waiting until December for Troy to hit before considering another option.

Thanks Frank!

Tale of Woe

August 18th, 2010
2:48 pm

Braves have 4 afternoon games in a row (Thursday – Sunday) – that is going to be weird….What am I going to do with myself at night? (Besides the Falcons game Sunday night)

Bartholomew (Bat) Masterson

August 18th, 2010
2:48 pm

The TWO above-average minor league prospects concern me. I think the Cubs will end up on the better end of the deal. _ Tami

I can’t imagine why. They would have to be way above average to ever even get a whiff of the Big Leagues.

jeffrey d

August 18th, 2010
2:48 pm

It’s funny how sometimes it takes a boatload of top prospects to land somebody like Teixeira or Josh Beckett, but sometimes you can get somebody like Lee for next to nothing.

MiaBchBravesFan

August 18th, 2010
2:49 pm

Where is MY D. Lee props!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!??????????????????

bravofan

August 18th, 2010
2:49 pm

tale of woe: pretty sure the falcons play on thursday against the pats

bravofan

August 18th, 2010
2:49 pm

any clue who we will give them?

jeffrey d

August 18th, 2010
2:50 pm

ha…thanks DOB

rainman

August 18th, 2010
2:50 pm

I give Wren all the credit in the world for giving the Braves a better chance to make a pennant run — givin’ the post trade deadline situation. I need to bone-up on the waiver rules — like: “how many times can a rival team put a claim on waived players to block them from being aquired by the Braves? And, “what are their obligations to ‘follow through’ if they claim a player?

One-Eyed Mac

August 18th, 2010
2:51 pm

Would the siamese twins count as 1 or 2 positions in the line-up?

jeffrey d

August 18th, 2010
2:51 pm

Where is MY D. Lee props!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!??????????????????

Next to Don’s degree from med school

Bob Horner's Blonde Mullet

August 18th, 2010
2:51 pm

BC – D-Lee just got a friggin’ epidural. He’s not “healthy”.. but he can still hit. If Glaus is DL’d and returns rested, Derek Lee will be resting frequently as well. They are both kind of creaky, but what a great combo at 1st if you can keep them both fresh.

Solid move if Wren can pull it off.

FlintRiverFunk

August 18th, 2010
2:51 pm

It’s time the Braves stop making these kind of deals before they trade away the entire farm for a bunch of “stars past their prime” players.

Right, because John S. and Frank Wren are notorious for making bad trades for “past their prime” players over and over again. :roll:

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