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The Lee Trade

Derek Lee goes away from the Orioles for minor league first baseman Aaron Baker.

Baltimore said the 23-year-old Baker will be assigned to Class-A Frederick. Baker batted .285/.353/.474 with 21 doubles, 15 home runs and 72 RBI in 102 games for Single-A Bradenton this season. He was selected by Pittsburgh in the 11th round of the 2009 draft. He is a .263 career hitter in 289 minor league games. He was not in the top 30 preseason-ranked pirate prospects.


Perhaps they were looking for more opportunities for player development? With Chris Davis as a virtual unknown at the major league level (that is, unable to translate minor-league success to the majors), are the Os hedging bets?

The only thing that I think is less than happy about this outlook is that with the huge free-agent opportunity for 1B this year, that Baltimore is packing in 1B potential, suggesting they will not be participating in the free-agent bidding at 1B. Snyder, Mahoney, Baker, Davis... What is the best-case scenario...

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