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O's interest in Derrek Lee rekindled

Posted on: December 21, 2010 5:44 pm
Edited on: December 21, 2010 5:48 pm
Derrek Lee With no movement on coming to an agreement with free-agent first baseman Adam LaRoche, the Orioles have turned their attention to Derrek Lee, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun writes .

The Orioles had reportedly focused on LaRoche and offered him a three-year deal. That hasn't been accepted yet, and so the team has started talking again with Lee's agent, Casey lee, this week.

LaRoche, 31, hit .261/.320/.468 with 25 home runs and 100 RBI for the Diamondbacks last season, while earning $4.5 million. He's likely looking for a raise and the security of a multi-year deal, coming off his "show-me" one-year deal with the Diamondbacks.

Lee, 36, hit .260/.347/.428 with 19 home runs and 80 RBI with the Cubs and Braves last season. He was in the final year of a five-year deal with Chicago and made $13.25 million last season, a salary he's unlikely to get for 2011.

Honestly, with reports of the Orioles offering LaRoche three-years and $21 million, this sounds like a smokescreen to try to hurry LaRoche's decision to sign the deal.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Since: Nov 23, 2006
Posted on: December 21, 2010 7:21 pm

O's interest in Derrek Lee rekindled

I hope we end up with LaRoche. I'd like to have a guy in the fold for a couple of years so we don't have to go through this again next season. Although Derek Lee with that short left field fence sounds mighty nice.

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