Lee Traded to Braves for Three Prospects
Derrek Lee is a Brave (STAFF PHOTO/PAM DAVIS)
Derrek Lee is a Brave (STAFF PHOTO/PAM DAVIS)

Posted Aug 18, 2010


CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today acquired right-handed pitchers Robinson Lopez and Tyrelle Harris and left-handed pitcher Jeffrey Lorick from the Atlanta Braves for first baseman Derrek Lee and a cash consideration.

Lopez, 19, is in his second professional season after signing with the Braves as a non-drafted free agent on November 19, 2008 out of Moca , Dominican Republic . He was named Atlanta ’s Gulf Coast League Most Valuable Player last year after going 3-1 with a 1.29 ERA (7 ER/48.2 IP) in 11 appearances (eight starts) with the organization’s rookie league club. Lopez struck out 42 and walked only 12 batters in 48.2 innings pitched, an average of 7.8 strikeouts and only 2.2 walks per nine innings.

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Lopez is 3-8 with a 4.37 ERA (45 ER/92.2 IP) in 24 appearances (16 starts) at Single-A Rome this season. He has a 2.61 ERA (6 ER/20.2 IP) in eight relief outings and a 4.88 ERA (39 ER/72.0 IP) in his 16 starts. Lopez is limiting opponents to a .241 batting average, including a .232 mark by right-handed hitters and a .252 mark by left-handed hitters.

Harris, 23, has combined to go 1-2 with six saves and a 2.90 ERA (16 ER/49.2 IP) in 30 appearances this year, all but one in relief, between three levels of the Braves farm system. The 6-foot-4, 235-pound Harris has struck out 60 batters in 49.2 innings pitched, an average of 10.9 strikeouts per nine innings, and has yet to allow a home run at any level this season.

The righthander joins the Cubs from Double-A Mississippi , where he has no record and a 1.46 ERA (2 ER/12.1 IP) in four appearances (one start). Harris has limited Double-A batters to a .140 batting average, including a .167 mark by lefthanders and a .105 mark by righthanders. He was originally selected by the Braves in the 19th round of the 2009 Draft out of the University of Tennessee . In two professional minor league seasons, Harris has gone 2-3 with seven saves and a 2.42 ERA (18 ER/67.0 IP) in 42 appearances (one start).

Lorick, 22, is 3-6 with four saves and a 2.32 ERA (13 ER/50.1 IP) in 26 appearances (four starts) for Single-A Rome this season. The southpaw has held foes to a .227 batting average against, including a .128 batting average by left-handed hitters and a .261 mark by righthanders. The 6-foot, 190-pounder has a 1.87 ERA (7 ER/33.2 IP) in 22 relief appearances this season compared to a 3.24 ERA (6 ER/16.2 IP) in his four starts.

Originally selected by the Braves in the 20th round of the 2009 Draft out of the University of Virginia, Lorick is 5-7 with seven saves and a 2.95 ERA (28 ER/85.1 IP) in 44 minor league appearances (seven starts) the last two seasons.

Lee departs the Cubs after seven seasons and 179 home runs, 11th most in franchise history. In 924 games with the Cubs, Lee batted .298 (1,046-for-3,514) with 578 runs scored, 239 doubles and 574 RBI.

The 34-year-old Lee was a two-time All-Star with the Cubs, won a batting title in 2005 and helped lead the club to consecutive post-season appearances in 2007 and 2008. With the Cubs this season, Lee batted .251 (105-for-418) with 16 home runs and 56 RBI in 109 games.


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