In an overnight move the Pittsburgh Pirates made a trade that should help make an immediate impact in their lineup. Pittsburgh acquired Derrek Lee from Baltimore for Class A first baseman Aaron Baker. The Pirates will have to pay the remainder of Lee’s $7.25 million salary.
This deal seemingly worked perfectly into the Pirates plans. They picked up a much needed middle of the lineup bat while managing not to trade away the entire farm to get it. Baker was an 11th round draft pick in 2009 who was bating .282 with 15 homers in 103 games in Bradenton this season.
Baltimore made Lee available when they traded with the Rangers and acquired first baseman Chris Davis. Lee started a bit slow this season but has since started to pick up the pace hitting .309 with 16 RBI’s over his last 18 at bats.
Look for Lee to make his first start with the Pirates in the first game of their series with the Chicago Cubs on Monday August 1st. He will be replacing Lyle Overbay in the starting lineup. Look for the Pirates to possibly release Overbay in the next few days with Garrett Jones and Steve Pearce being able to fill in at first.