Lee leaving Charm City for Steel City

Derrek Lee


The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired first baseman Derrek Lee from the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday. In exchange, the Orioles received minor-league infielder Aaron Baker.

Lee will be making his debut with a fourth different team in less than a year following stints with the Cubs and Braves last season and the Orioles this season. He brings a .281 career average and 324 home runs to the Steel City.

Since going 5-for-5 on June 17th, Lee is hitting .286 with eight home runs and an OPS of .846.

That's a good sign for the Pirates whose first basemen have struggled offensively this season. Entering Sunday, the combined batting average of Pittsburgh's first basemen is .228, which ranks 27th in the league. They have just eight home runs and an OPS of .645 good for 26th and 27th respectively.

Meanwhile, the San Francisco Giants acquired infielder Orlando Cabrera from the Cleveland Indians. Cabrera follows Carlos Beltran whom the Giants acquired Wednesday in a trade with the Mets.

Cabrera who has 2,027 career hits is one of 19 active players with 2,000 hits. He has made the postseason in each of the last four seasons with four different teams (Angels, White Sox, Twins, Reds).