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Dodgers skeptical Derrek Lee would be an upgrade

Derrek Lee

Pittsburgh Pirates’ Derrek Lee waits during a pitching change against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)


The Dodgers certainly need offensive help. They definitely have a whole lot of money to throw around. So why hasn’t Derrek Lee taken over at first base for the team yet?’s Ken Rosenthal suggests that Lee is interested. He wants to play, and he already lives in Los Angeles. The reason he didn’t sign over the winter was because he didn’t get any offers he liked.

Lee is 36, and he spent the first half of last year’s struggling with the Orioles. However, that was his first ever go in the American League. After being traded back to the NL in August, he hit .337/.398/.584 with seven homers in 101 at-bats for Pittsburgh.

Dodgers first basemen this year after hitting .243/.302/.339 with four homers in 292 at-bats. It’s hard to imagine that Lee wouldn’t improve on that given a few weeks in Triple-A to find his stroke. Maybe the Dodgers could do better in a trade, but given that it’d only cost them cash to make a run at Lee -- and cash really isn’t an issue for the team right now -- they really should make a bid.