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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.