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Derrek Lee is the Best First Baseman “Available”

Derrek Lee is the Best First Baseman “Available”

Derrek Lee is the best first baseman on the market this year outside of Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder.

In looking at the numbers for the upcoming first basemen, one thing stood out to me: Derrek Lee is good.

That's kind of obvious if you watched what Lee did in his limited time with the Pittsburgh Pirates this year.  Lee only had 101 at-bats, but hit for a .337/.398/.584 line with seven homers.  But when comparing him to the rest of the free agents, Lee looks like the best option that is "available" to the Pirates.

I put that word in quotes because, let's be honest, the best guys on the market will be Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder.  Anyone who thinks the Pirates have a shot at either player is dreaming.  The rest of the free agent options, on the other hand, are possibilities.  When looking at the numbers, Lee looks like the best bet all around, sort of a poor man's Fielder or Pujols.

In the last three years, only two players have combined for a better OPS than Lee: F...

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