We’ll have some further analysis and commentary about the deal soon, but for now, I wanted to make sure to get you the basics.
Lee, who invoked his 10-and-5 rights and rejected a trade to the Angels in late July, agreed to a deal Wednesday with the Atlanta Braves, who were looking to upgrade their lineup. The Cubs acquired right-handed pitchers Robinson Lopez and Tyrelle Harris and left-handed pitcher Jeffrey Lorick.
Lee needed to undergo a physical and also clear waivers before the trade could be completed. He had an epidural injection in his lower back on Monday to ease discomfort from a bulging disc but was expected to be ready to play Thursday. The Cubs, coincidentally, open a three-game series against the Braves on Friday. cubs.com.
And with that, if it weren’t clear enough already, the Chicago Cubs have closed up shop for the 2010 season. Derrek Lee will be missed – in a general sense, mind you. Not this year. No one could be missed this year.