Three times now I haven gotten a feeling about a player that the Braves would go out and get. The time it was Mike Hampton while he was still in Colorado and a few months later he was a Brave. The second was Derek Lowe. He signed a contract a few weeks later. Tonight I had my third and it was Derrek Lee. Then I got to thinking about how good of a fit he would be with Atlanta. He is a solid overall hitter and a good defender. He is also a free agent after the 2010 season. If we are able to retain Tim Hudson's services for next season would a swap of Javier Vazquez for Derrek Lee be worth it. They are both free agents after 2010 and then we could let Lee walk and Freeman should be ready to start the 2011 season. I would hate to lose Vazquez but getting rid of his contract would make up for taking on Lee's salary. Lee would give us a solid everyday 4th bat in the lineup.
He is also right handed so it would keep our lineup from getting to lefty heavy. For the season Lee is hitting .303/.387/.572 with 33 home runs and 103 RBI, 69 BB and 104 K's in 581 at bats.
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