8/18 Lee to Braves

Derrek Lee was dealt to the Braves Wednesday for three Minor League pitchers, and will make his Atlanta debut on Friday — against the Cubs and Ryan Dempster.

“That’ll be weird — that’ll be really weird,” Lee said.

The Cubs acquire right-handers Robinson Lopez and Tyrelle Harris and lefty Jeffrey Lorick from the Braves, who get Lee and some cash. Lee was owed about $3 million the rest of this year.

“Atlanta is getting a class act,” Lou Piniella said of Lee, who played seven seasons with the Cubs, batting .298 with 179 home runs, 11th most in franchise history. “He’s going to be missed here.”

— Carrie Muskat


Sorry for being ignorant on this subject, but if the trade deadline was July 31st, how was this trade made possible? I thought the point of the trade deadline was so teams that were in 1st didn’t go out and get better players for the end of the season push. I’m okay with the trade, just wondering about the trade deadline and what it really means if trades can take place well after the deadline. Thanks.

He cleared waivers… so Atlanta were able to trade.

He cleared waivers… so Atlanta were able to trade.

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