The Atlanta Braves have acquired first baseman Derrek Lee from the Chicago Cubs.
Lee has put up disappointing numbers in the final season of his
five-year, $65 million contract, hitting .251 with 16 homers and 56
RBIs. He's also been bothered by a sore back that kept him out of
the Cubs' game Wednesday against San Diego.
But the Braves, leading the NL East by 2 1/2 games, are looking for
any offensive help they can get after losing Chipper Jones to a
season-ending knee injury -- even though they already have Troy
Glaus at first base.
Atlanta will send three minor-leaguers to the Cubs.
The teams announced the trade after the Padres 5-1 win over the
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