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Orioles trade Derrek Lee for minor league prospect

This is the time of the year that a string of good games can make a player an incredibly valuable trade commodity in baseball. Derrek Lee became just that in the last 19 games for the Orioles, going 21-for-68 (.308) with five home runs since July 8.

For the most part, while remaining one of the league’s top defensive first basemen, Lee has struggled at the plate for the Orioles since joining the team a an offseason free agent acquisition. Lee only hit .246 in an Orioles uniform with 12 home runs but in wake of his recent hot streak the Orioles were able to send him to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for minor league prospect Aaron Baker. The Orioles are also said to have sent some cash along as well but not enough to need league approval.

Baker, a 23-year-old first baseman, has spent this season with the Bradenton Marauders, the Advanced-A minor league affiliate, and has hit .282 with 15 home runs while slugging .469.

While Baker still need some time in the minors he has the potential to be a plus-power hitter. But this move seems to me more of a way to open a spot for Chris Davis on first base. The Orioles acquired Davis from the Texas Rangers Saturday afternoon in part of a deal for Tommy Hunter that sent Koji Uehara to the reigning American League Champions.

Baker’s age and position in the minors is sign that he likely won’t have a big impact in the majors but Davis is a proven power hitter at the highest level and only two years older, 25.

The Orioles have announced the will place Baker at Class-A Frederick.

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