Another source says Lee to Pitts is "close." But it's not official. The Orioles wouldn't give up much money, but return would be lowA plyr— Dan Connolly (@danconnollysun) July 31, 2011
Well, he has to be better than Lyle Overbay. The Pirates would get Lee and cash, while the Orioles would get a Class low A hitter. Lee is hitting .321 (17-for-53) with 3 HRs and 13 RBI since the All-Star break but is just .248/.306/.409 for the season. UPDATE by Charlie: I suppose this is fine, as long as the Class A player isn't anyone terribly interesting, which I doubt. Given the prices other teams are paying right now for players better than this, I can't blame the Pirates for aiming a bit lower. UPDATE 10:47 PM: Dan Connolly has a whole series of tweets on this. Connelly says the return is a Low-A player, which has people in the comments speculating that it's someone from State College. That's one possibility, I guess, but a lot of people say "Low-A" when they're referring to West Virginia's level, and a lot of the State College guys aren't eligible to be traded yet. Either way, there isn't a lot of interesting hitting at those levels, so I suppose that's good. ... All this assumes, of course, that Connolly's information is right and the return has been agreed upon, which might not be the case. UPDATE 10:58 PM: More details: the Orioles are sending a bit of cash, and the minor-leaguer is "not expected to be a top prospect." UPDATE 11:02 PM: I'll be on 104.7 with David Todd at about 11:10 to discuss this. UPDATE: 11:10 PM: The Pirates have apparently traded Aaron Baker for Derrek Lee. I'm fine with this. It's a decent deal from Baltimore's perspective, too, but Baker isn't worth worrying about. He's nearly 24 and is still in Class A+, and his strikeouts and lack of any truly outstanding hitting tools keep him from being a great prospect. I don't think I've ever even had him in one of my top 30s. Matt Curry is a much better first-base prospect. This isn't a great deal, by any means, but it's an upgrade for a reasonable cost, and those haven't been easy to find this trading season. I would expect Lyle Overbay to be gone when Lee reports.