Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Cubs Trade Derrek Lee to Atlanta

The Chicago Cubs have traded first baseman Derrek Lee to the Atlanta Braves for three minor league pitchers.

I think this will give Lee a new lease on life. He's been with the Cubs since 2004. The Cubs are going nowhere this year (as in most years) and Lee needed a change of scenery.

Lee will fill in for the struggling Troy Glaus who is going on the DL. He could be to the Braves in 2010 what Fred McGriff was to the Braves back in 1993.

On a personal note, my younger brother Micah and I got to see Lee play in person back in 1999 when the Edmonton Trappers hosted the Calgary Cannons. The Cannons were the Florida Marlins Triple AAA affiliate and Lee had just been demoted in favor of one Kevin Millar. An interesting feature about Telus Field. While the outfield was natural grass, the infield was artificial turf. I had never seen that before or since.

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