Update: The Derrek Lee trade seems very close to fruition

Update, 4:51 p.m.: I’m at the ballyard, and I can report that the Braves expect to announce the trade for Derrek Lee soon.

Let’s say the Braves do land Derrek Lee. Within a week, they would have remade an infield that lost its cornerstone and wound up with this:

  • Derrek Lee, 1B.
  • Omar Infante, 2B.
  • Alex Gonzalez, SS.
  • Martin Prado, 3B.

Let’s note: Two of those weren’t on the Braves’ roster when the season began, and the other two weren’t playing their current positions. All four of them have been All-Stars. Two started on the Marlins’ 2003 World Series champions. (And you’d still have Troy Glaus, MVP of the 2002 World Series, as an option.)

For a team that either can’t or won’t spend big, that’s not a bad infield. It could get you to October, and it could keep you there for a while. And for an infield that just lost Chipper Jones, that’s as much as anyone could reasonably hope this late in the season.

Then again, there’s always the chance that long-rumored McLouth-for-Pujols deal could go through. And that’d be even better. But I wouldn’t hold my breath.

401 comments Add your comment

Phalcon Phil

August 18th, 2010
1:57 pm

Amazing the way things are turning out, isn’t it……….destiny, anyone?

Phalcon Phil

August 18th, 2010
1:57 pm

oh, by the way………first

freddie freeman

August 18th, 2010
1:58 pm

JTH

August 18th, 2010
1:58 pm

If his back hold up this is a awesome trade. Too bad they won’t resign him for next season.

matt r

August 18th, 2010
1:59 pm

D-Lee is washed up, the only improvement over Glaus would be defense.

Yellow jacket 07

August 18th, 2010
2:00 pm

Dawgs2010

August 18th, 2010
2:00 pm

What would we have to give up to get Lee? I hope it isn’t much. Troy is dead weight anyways. I would not be too upset to see him go.

Glenn

August 18th, 2010
2:01 pm

And you can always put Glaus at Third and Infante in the Outfield instead of Ankiel…

Headley Lamar

August 18th, 2010
2:01 pm

Curious to see if Lee is in the Cubs lineup today.

They play a day game

Mark Bradley

August 18th, 2010
2:02 pm

Kudos, Phalcon Phil.

Mark Bradley

August 18th, 2010
2:02 pm

He’s not in the lineup, Headley. And he’s not talking to the media before the game, according to ESPNChicago.

JTH

August 18th, 2010
2:03 pm

Is it possible that losing Chipper turns out to be a good thing? Maybe. Prado is a rising star, Chipper the faded vet, Omar the All-Star backup turned starter. I liking our chances and think Lee could makes them the favorites in the division now.

Mark Bradley

August 18th, 2010
2:03 pm

GLAUS IS NOT GOING TO THIRD BASE!

Phalcon Phil

August 18th, 2010
2:03 pm

Only things we will give up in this deal are low-level prospects, likely ones that will have a hard time leapfrogging over better players ahead of them. Rest Glaus (DL?) for October. Guy was WS MVP. The more guys we have that have been there (WS), the better we will be. Scrappy needs some balance in OCT

WDE

August 18th, 2010
2:04 pm

Here’s hoping. Mark, how is it that they can trade for him? Didn’t that deadline pass? Or is this more of that waivers talk?…

sterl

August 18th, 2010
2:04 pm

Could be good, but what would the braves have to give up to get him?

Sonny Clusters

August 18th, 2010
2:05 pm

Glaus wouldn’t make it to third base on a triple.

Joey

August 18th, 2010
2:05 pm

Uh, matt r, he hit 4 dingers last weekend’s series.

Mark Bradley

August 18th, 2010
2:05 pm

He would have to clear waivers, WDE, which he apparently has or else the trade talk would never have gotten going. (Either that or the Braves were the only team to claim him.)

BC

August 18th, 2010
2:05 pm

I think Derek Lee is a huge addition, I can’t understand how anyone could not like this move. Assuming his back holds up he gives us a helluva baseball player as well as a great clubhouse presence. We won’t give up anything and he is a free agent as year’s end. I can’t think of a move that makes more sense than this (Besides Mclouth for Pujols).

Headley Lamar

August 18th, 2010
2:08 pm

Bradley goes all caps ala Cavs owner

I agree though any talk of Glaus at third base and you wonder what game people are watching.

Mark Bradley

August 18th, 2010
2:08 pm

Stipulation: This is providing Lee’s back is OK. But I don’t think the Braves would make the deal if they hadn’t had him checked out.

Mark Bradley

August 18th, 2010
2:08 pm

Sorry. We’ve just had that Glaus-to-third question/suggestion all morning.

Joseph

August 18th, 2010
2:09 pm

I for one would love to see it! He is hot right now and the rush of the pennant race will only help!

Felix Millan

August 18th, 2010
2:09 pm

Geez– Glaus CANNOT play 3rd. Repeat—CANNOT!!

Joey

August 18th, 2010
2:09 pm

I wish Bobby would rest Glaus some anyway. It seemed to work last week, with his 2 dingers and what 5 or 6 RBI?

If this deal goes through, maybe put him on the 15 day DL and rehab his knees, get him ready for the playoff run.

Go Braves!

IceColdATLien

August 18th, 2010
2:10 pm

I’m just worried about his back but, barring that, it’s a coup for the Bravos… depending on what Cubs want in return

observor

August 18th, 2010
2:10 pm

If the Braves do get Lee, they could still use Glaus in the DH role should they get to the World Series. I know I’m getting ahead of myself here, but never the less, it seems like DH would be the ideal role for him.

Mark Bradley

August 18th, 2010
2:11 pm

Best-case scenario: Lee pans out and you’ve upgraded at first. Worst-case scenario: You go back to Troy Glaus, which is where you are.

Felix Millan

August 18th, 2010
2:11 pm

Joey–he hit 4 dingers last w/e and had to get an epidural

Milt Famey

August 18th, 2010
2:12 pm

Noticed that Brandon Hicks pinch-hit for McLouth last night after McL’s first at-bat with G Braves and entered the game at SS with M Young moving to the OF. Sounds like a showcase move that early in the game.

Mark Bradley

August 18th, 2010
2:12 pm

Hate to use Glaus as a designated hitter. You’d lose him as a late-inning defensive replace in center field.

Joey

August 18th, 2010
2:12 pm

Mark, I just had a great idea! Can’t Glaus play thir……..just kidding!

IceColdATLien

August 18th, 2010
2:12 pm

I’ll personally give him an epidural after every 4-homer weekend he has for the Braves!!

TheEdgeWooder

August 18th, 2010
2:12 pm

They should just trade McLouth for him and a small prospect since it doesn’t look like he is going to see the Braves starting lineup again.

Also, I’m not a fan of what Bobby has done with Kawakami and still think he is a great pitcher, but if we are just going to sit him on the bench and not even use him when Kris Medlen gets injured, then we might as well trade him too and try to get the other team on the hook for his salary.

Mark you see McLouth as part of this deal? And whats the chances we actually do something with KK in 2010 other than letting him sit on the bench?

Joseph

August 18th, 2010
2:13 pm

Mark -Glaus could also pinch run since Hicks was sent back down!

IceColdATLien

August 18th, 2010
2:13 pm

Maybe Glaus could COACH at third base

Mark Bradley

August 18th, 2010
2:13 pm

No chance the Cubs take McLouth, TheEdgeWooder. I’m afraid that would qualify as wishful thinking.

Rick S

August 18th, 2010
2:14 pm

Troy Glaus is a nice person but let’s face it with the exception of May he has been a bust and plain and simple is the weak link in the Braves starting line-up. Getting Derrick Lee is a hugh improvement and great pick-up even if it is only for the remainder of the 2010 season.

Sonny Clusters

August 18th, 2010
2:16 pm

Somebody with a mullet. That’s what is needed at first base.

Sonny Clusters

August 18th, 2010
2:16 pm

a ha!

August 18th, 2010
2:17 pm

Derek Lee to third base!

a ha!

August 18th, 2010
2:17 pm

Mark Bradley

August 18th, 2010
2:17 pm

Here’s an update from the Chicago Tribune on Lee’s status today.

Bama Aaron

August 18th, 2010
2:17 pm

I like the move. Glaus is dead weight at 1B. Speaking as someone with a bad back who’s had epidurals I think he’ll be fine. Usually once those kick in you feel like a new man for a few months. We only need him to be the old D. Lee for a few weeks!

KB

August 18th, 2010
2:17 pm

This would be a great addition for the Braves, but lets not act like this is a Fred McGriff – type acquisition in ‘93. Lee is 35 years old and on the downside of his career while McGriff was in his prime when the Braves acquired him. This is a great temporary fix for the playoff push, but Lee will not be a Brave for very long…but I’d say go get him for sure!!!

meh

August 18th, 2010
2:18 pm

I agree with Sonny Clusters. We need some mullet power at 1B.

Weak blogger

August 18th, 2010
2:18 pm

Cubs Fan

August 18th, 2010
2:19 pm

The Cubs are still playing?!!

Auburn Fan

August 18th, 2010
2:20 pm

Troy Glaus seems like a nice guy but he needs to go to American League and hit DH. We could use him to pinch hit if he gets healthy. He is not an everyday player.