Pirates Acquire Derrek Lee for Aaron Baker

Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that Derrek Lee to the Pittsburgh Pirates is “getting very close” and could be completed tonight.  Earlier today the Baltimore Orioles acquired first baseman Chris Davis, and we heard that they were shopping Lee, looking for salary relief.  The Pirates figure in to the mix, as they are looking for first base help.

I talked earlier about whether Lee would be an upgrade.  If you look at his overall numbers this year, he doesn’t look like much of an upgrade from Overbay.  If you look closer, you’ll see that he’s on a hot streak, and had a big second half in 2010.  That makes him an upgrade from Overbay.  We heard today that the Pirates weren’t sure he was an upgrade, and we’ve recently heard that they are balking at the price in prospects.

Lee would make about $2.47 M for the remainder of the year, and he also will very likely earn $2 M in performance bonuses based on plate appearances.  I’ll keep this post updated with any additional news.

UPDATE 10:02 PM: Connolly provides another update, saying the Pirates will look at medicals closely, and that Baltimore will pick up some salary to get “a ball player”.  He also says that a source calls the deal “very likely”.

UPDATE 10:04 PM: More from Connolly: Another source says the deal is close, but not official.  Baltimore would give up a bit of money, and would receive a low-A player.  He adds that it could be announced tomorrow, after the I’s are dotted and the T’s are crossed, and mentions that the return is an A-level hitter.  A low-A hitter means someone from West Virginia or State College.

UPDATE 10:37 PM: Rob Biertempfel says that indications are that the Pirates won’t have to pick up a lot of the $2.6 M still owed to Lee.

UPDATE 10:47 PM: Dan Connolly adds that the Orioles are likely to include about $400 K in the deal.

UPDATE 11:10 PM: Dan Connolly reports that it’s Aaron Baker going back to the Orioles.  Considering the Pirates have Matt Curry in AA, and Alex Dickerson in State College, the loss of Baker isn’t major to the system.  Baker has some nice power, but poor defense, and doesn’t profile as well as Curry or Dickerson.

UPDATE 11:55 PM: The deal is official, from the Orioles.  Lee for Baker.

UPDATE 1:03 AM: Ryan Doumit has been transferred to the 60-day disabled list to make room for Lee.  This won’t really affect Doumit’s rehab.  Just clearing a spot without removing someone from the roster.

Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.

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Kubel – go get him.  Twins are just saying they’re still in contention to inflate Kubel’s price


Better not be Robbie Grossman

Cory Yokel

Now release Overbay, Pearce. Trade Jones. Option Fryer back to AAA. Call up Gorkys, Doumit, Harrison.

Corey Barcus

Also, who do you suspect the A player could be, and who would be an A player we should’t part with?

Corey Barcus

Now they just need a RF…Lets hope this isnt it…We need at least Willingham to go with Lee

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