The Cubs have just announced that the rumored deal sending first baseman Derrek Lee to Atlanta has been completed.
The Braves send the Cubs three pitching prospects: Class A right-hander Robinson Lopez, Double-A right-hander Tyrelle Harris and Class A left-hander Jeffrey Lorick.
The Cubs will send cash to Atlanta to cover some of the remaining salary of impending free agent Lee, who had to approve the trade. The Braves and their new acquisition will play a series at Wrigley Field this weekend.
-- David Andriesen
UPDATE: After the Cubs' loss to the Padres, Lee talked about the trade.
"Well, it just felt right, the main thing is we've got six weeks to go and Atlanta's in first place and playing great baseball," Lee said. "I understand what Jim's trying to do over here. It just felt right. The chance to be able to go to the postseason, it's tough to pass up."
Lee turned down an opportunity to go to the Angels at the trade deadline. He alluded to the fact that he didn't think the Angels had a good enough chance to make the playoffs in his press conference on Wednesday. "The Angels were close, but not quite right there," he said. He noted that he didn't think it was enough to move his family to Southern California for that short period of time (even though his offseason home is in the same state), but the Braves are in first place and have a much better shot at making the playoffs, so forget the family if you can really get to the playoffs.
Really, it's a good deal for the Braves and the Cubs. Lee's one of the most respected players in the game, joining one of the most respected managers in the game. It seems like a perfect marriage.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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