The Braves have acquired 34-year old righty swinging 1B Derek Lee from the Cubs for 19-year old righty starter/reliever Robin Lopez, 23-year old righty reliever Tyrelle Harris and 22-year old lefty reliever Jeffrey Lorick. Lee played in 109 games for the Cubs this year and he was 105 of 418 (.251 avg, .751 OPS) with 63 runs scored, 16 homers and 56 RBIs. He has now played in 1,790 games in his 14 years in the majors and he is 1,806 of 6,398 (.282 avg, .865 OPS) with 1,009 runs scored, 309 homers, 995 RBIs and 102 stolen bases. Lee will be a huge improvement defensively for the Braves at 1B and he will also provide better offense too as Troy Glaus has been slumping as of late.
Robinson Lopez came into this season as the Braves’ #16 ranked prospect according to Baseball America. Lopez pitched in 24 games (16 starts) in A-ball this year for the Braves and he was 3-8 with a 4.37 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. Tyrelle Harris pitched in 30 games (1 start) for the Braves this year in A+AA-ball and he was 1-2 with 6 saves, a 2.90 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP. He whiffed 60 batters and only allowed 38 hits in 49 2/3 innings this year showing what kind of stuff he has. Jeffrey Lorick pitched in 27 games (4 starts) for the Braves in A-ball this year and he was 3-6 with 4 saves, a 2.24 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.
These were not cream of the crop type of prospects for the Braves so I really like this move for them as they are pulling out all the stops to try to send Bobby Cox out with a ring.