Pirates to acquire 1B Derrek Lee
In an attempt to try to boost the offense, the Pirates solidified a deal with the Orioles that will send first baseman Derrek Lee to Pittsburgh. The deal, which was confirmed to MLB.com by a source, is expected to be announced after the Pirates finish reviewing Lee’s medical records.
The Pirates will reportedly send Single-A hitter Aaron Baker to the Orioles as a part of the trade.
While Lee hasn’t put up stellar numbers this season, his arrival should improve the Pirates’ production at first base. He’ll become the team’s new everyday first baseman over Lyle Overbay, who could end up being released by the club.
In 84 games with the Orioles this season, Lee has hit .248 with 15 doubles, 12 homers and 41 RBIs. He missed some time earlier in the summer with a left oblique strain.
Lee’s production has been much better in recent weeks. In his last 17 games, Lee has batted .328 with 11 extra-base hits and 16 RBIs. He has hit .294 since June 17.
Ironically, the Pirates went after both Overbay and Lee this offseason when looking for a first baseman. Lee eventually signed a one-year deal with the Orioles worth $7.25 million. The Pirates would have to pay the remainder of that salary, though there might also be money changing hands as a part of the trade. Lee became expendable to the Orioles after they acquired first baseman Chris Davis in a trade with the Rangers earlier in the day.
— Jenifer Langosch