Derrek Lee Traded To Braves For Three Prospects

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Derrek Lee's Press Conference

In case you missed it or wish to see it again, here’s an embedded video featuring seven-plus minutes of former Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee commenting on his trade to the Braves and his time in Chicago. Is it our imagination or does Derrek look markedly younger here than he has on the field or in the dugout in recent months? Perhaps change can really be refreshing.

The clip comes courtesy of our friends at Comcast SportsNet Chicago.


Derrek Lee Sent To Braves For Prospects Lopez, Lorrick, Harris

The Cubs sent Derrek Lee to the Atlanta Braves this afternoon for three pitching prospects: Robinson Lopez, Tyrelle Harris and Jeffrey Lorick. Lee waived his 10-and-5 no-trade rights to join the NL East-leading Braves.

Harris has posted a 2.90 ERA at three levels of the Braves organization this year, mostly in relief; Lopez, who is only 19 years old, was a starter at Rome in the Sally League this season, and Lorick was recently promoted from Rome to the Braves’ Carolina League team in Myrtle Beach after posting a 2.32 ERA in Low-A ball.

The Cubs also sent $1.7 million to Atlanta, which is half of Lee’s remaining salary, so they save $1.7 million this year.

Micah Hoffpauir will be recalled to take Lee’s spot on the roster.


Cubs' Casey Coleman Makes First Major League Start Wednesday Vs. Padres

(Sports Network) – Continued dominance on the mound has given the San Diego Padres their largest division lead of the season.

Clayton Richard will try to keep that momentum going and win a fourth straight decision for the second time this year when San Diego plays the third contest of a four-game series versus the Chicago Cubs this afternoon at Wrigley Field.

Richard is 10-5 with a 3.80 earned run average this season and is coming off Friday’s victory over San Francisco. The 26-year-old lefty held the Giants to a pair of runs on six hits and two walks over six frames of a 3-2 triumph.

Acquired from the White Sox at last year’s trade deadline for Jake Peavy, Richard faces the Cubs for the first time in his career this afternoon. He has a tough act to follow after Jon Garland extended his scoreless innings streak to 17 innings with seven frames of four-hit ball in last night’s 1-0 victory.

“Jon gets in a groove and continues to progress as the game goes on,” said Padres manager Bud Black."

Garland didn’t need much offensive support, which was good since the Padres managed just one run. That came in the first inning, when Chase Headley grounded out with the bases loaded while Jerry Hairston Jr. crossed the plate.

That was enough to give the Padres their third straight victory and eighth in nine games, as well as a five-game advantage over the Giants for the top spot in the National League West.

Chicago’s Randy Wells drew a tough-luck loss after giving up just the one run and three hits over seven innings, while striking out six.

“They have a good pitching staff,” said Cubs outfielder Xavier Nady of the Padres. “Obviously their bullpen is very good, and that’s one of the main reasons they are in first place.”

Chicago did give San Diego a scare in the ninth, when Blake DeWitt hit a long fly ball to right field off closer Heath Bell with a man on. However, Ryan Ludwick made a leaping catch at the ivy to secure the final out and give Bell his MLB- leading 36th save.

“There is a brief moment when you get scared, but you track the outfielder, you track the ball, and then the ball is in the glove, and it feels great,” said Black.

The Cubs, who have lost five of seven and are just 4-16 over their last 20 games, will give Casey Coleman his first major league start after sending another young hurler to the bullpen in Thomas Diamond.

Diamond struggled over his first three career starts, while Coleman has pitched to an 8.64 ERA over four relief outings. The 23-year-old righty was tagged for six runs over 2 1/3 innings of his MLB debut on Aug. 2, but has allowed just two runs over six frames and three appearances since.

Coleman, a 15th round pick in 2008, was last in action on Friday in St. Louis and walked one with three strikeouts over two hitless innings. He faces the Padres for the first time today.

The Padres and Cubs are meeting for the first time since San Diego took five of nine matchups a year ago. The Padres had lost five straight at Wrigley Field before taking the first two games of this set.


Cubs Face Padres As Derrek Lee Trade Rumors Fly

Via CSN Chicago, David Kaplan is reporting that Derrek Lee may be close to being traded:

The Cubs are close to trading first baseman Derrek Lee to the Atlanta Braves, I have learned exclusively. The trade was first discussed on Sunday evening when the Braves called Cubs GM Jim Hendry and expressed interest after learning that one of their best offensive players, Chipper Jones was lost for the season with a knee injury.

There's no word yet on whether Lee has agreed to waive his 10-and-5 rights and approve this deal. The Braves will be in town for a three-game series beginning Friday.

Meanwhile, the Cubs will face the Padres in the third of a four-game set this afternoon at Wrigley Field, with Casey Coleman slated to make his first major league start against the Padres' Clayton Richard.

Game time is 1:20 pm CDT and the game will be televised on CSN Chicago.

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