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July 31, 2011

Lee speaks on the trade, Pittsburgh and Baltimore

The Orioles officially traded first baseman Derrek Lee and a small amount of cash to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Single-A first baseman Aaron Baker on Saturday night.

Lee, 35, became expendable when the Orioles acquired first baseman Chris Davis and pitcher Tommy Hunter from the Texas Rangers for Koji Uehara and $2 million.

Lee was pulled in the eighth inning of the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader and sat out the second game. The trade was officially announced about an hour the second game ended.

“How do I feel about it? It’s the business of baseball,” said Lee, who hit .246 with 12 homers and 41 RBIs in 85 games for the Orioles.


He signed a one-year $7.25 million deal with the Orioles this offseason.


“I knew coming into the year there was a pretty good chance I wasn’t going to finish it here,” Lee said. “So, I understood all of it.”


He’ll now be in the middle of a pennant race. The Pirates (54-51) are in third place in the National League Central, 3 ½ games out of first.


“Yeah they are playing good,” Lee said. “They turned it around so good for them. I’m still playing baseball, so that’s always a good thing,”


Overall, Lee said he enjoyed his time in Baltimore and with Buck Showalter and Andy MacPhail.


“Ballpark is beautiful. We didn’t play as well as we wanted to. I didn’t play as well as I wanted to,” he said “But I enjoyed my time.”

Posted by Dan Connolly at 12:30 AM | | Comments (27)
        

Comments

Dan,

Come on man..... put all the post up. People complain that you seriously only allow what you want, and it's just not cool.

As long as there is no bad language or discriminatory remarks, you should allow all post. Just because some don't share your views and hype about the O's, doesn't mean you should mess with a blog to the point where it seems people think much like you and others at the Sun.

The late great John Steadman would be amazed at how the Baltimore media kisses up to the O's. He would have run Angelos out of town years ago, and you can bet he wouldn't be putting up with AM's loser mentality any longer.

Shameful.

AND BY THE WAY

Great reporting tonight on the embarrassing double header today in NY.

It's NEVER about the losses on the field in this town. Instead, it's always about some new hype that never pans out.

Shameful

I'm convinced.....

...that AM has zero pride. Instead of hurting over the continued horrendous play of the team he has spent 4 years building....a team that has the worst record in the AL, he constantly spins that things are on track.

Really AM? You mean on track the way you've been the past 20 years when you've lost more games than any exec in the major league baseball?

This probably won't be posted AM.... but please know that Baltimore fans in general, are fed up with your lies, the lies of your boss, and the horrible teams you continue to field year in and year out.

Please retire and give someone (anyone) a chance to give this city some respectability again. Someone who will care....as you obviously don't.

This is pathetic. I mean lets just "forget" for a moment about the non-reporting of the terrible situation on Eutaw St. We are smart people and we don't need to be told all the time. But there is a losing culture pervasive at the upper levels of management. AM MAY be a smart man but the stench is radiating from PA. Its true. Until Angelos sells the team we will NEVER have a winning season again. And why would PA ever sell the team if he keeps making big bucks off the TV network? Sorry Baltimore. Until PA passes away Orioles baseball will be reminiscent of Saturday... afternoon AND evening.

Well, it looks like Wayne has some thoughts!!!!

all the o's do is spin their wheels . no huge improvement year to year and no light at the end of the tunnel now that roberts is finished and young pitching has collapsed. yet macphail blunders on as does the minors. a tip of the hat to angelos for ruining an organization.

Wayne, get a life...

Once again, the Orioles have been over optimistic about their young players, especially the pitching. The young "Calvary" of pitchers has not been successful and there is not any strong position player's close to being ready.
Yesterday, I had the change to speak to a former Orioles pitcher in Frederick and we agreed, the once proud Oriole franchise is a TOTAL mess.......and it starts from the top and Peter Angelos.........let's face it, the Orioles will never be a contender under his ownership. If I were a top free agent, I would not want to come to an organization like Baltimore.....they are really bad.....the talent level is just not there. They can only sign past prime players or low to middle level free agents at best......and they have once again obtained from Texas a kid that has struck out well over 300 times in 700 at bats.......and the revolving door continues.....oh the baseball is so bad
in Baltimore!!!

You aren't picky enough about who you post. If you believe they are simply agitators and not orioles fans let them post somewhere else. If we never had to read waynes crybaby B.S. again it would be too soon.. I often don't even read the comments because of ignorance such as him.

Wayne, what in God's green earth is wrong with you? Three posts and nothing to say. Whatever axe you have with the writer take off line. i don't know what you're talking about with "post editing" and I DON'T CARE. It's bad enough to sift through the ads online and I have to read your crap. And don't tell me not to read it. Someitmes us humans have something to say in the comments section!

Coming from Pgh, this all sounds way too familiar. PR that "the plan" is on track despite 4 years that says otherwise. Young arms that are supposed to turn it around.

Here's the bright side: Pretty much all the Bucs did to become competitive was hire a new pitching coach. Of course it helps that our division is horrible, but the same staff (less Correia) that was abysmal last year is suddenly in the top 5 of the NL.

From Bucs standpoint, Overbay had to be replaced. A whole lot of folks here wanted Davis over Pena. We didn't get either. Lee is at best an appeasement move to fans who would've rather seen Lou Gehrig's decomposed corpse at 1b than Overbay.

Derrek Lee did near zip for the Braves when they added him at the deadline last year. Nobody expects him to do anything for Bucs.

I have to totally agree with Wayne on this one Dan. We're paying these guys alot of money and they are not competing and don't look ready or serious about the game. Even Weiters hope has faded. I hope we get something out of Jake today.

Be honest Dan , why don't you say the only thing doing well in Baltimore baseball is the Angelos Trust Fund,,,,,,,,,be honest with the fans Dan............

Dan,

Paying millions of dollars to get a building named after his parents is apparently more important to Peter Angelos than spending it on his baseball team. Actions such as this on his part speak loudly as to where his priorities lie....and his priorities obviously do not include winning a pennant. Yes, it's his money and he can do with it what he wants. That's why we lose games 17 to 3 and are out of the pennant race by the All Star break every year.

WHAT CAUSES A TEAM TO LOSE YEAR AFTER YEAR AFTER YEAR? OF COURSE MUCH OF IT IS DUE TO BELOW AVERAGE PLAYERS. BUT I THINK IT GOES MUCH DEEPER THAN THAT. WHERE DOES THE BUCK STOP? AND I AM NOT REFERRING TO THE MANAGER WHEN I SAY "BUCK". IT RESTS SOLELY ON THE NARROW SHOULDERS OF THE OWNER. THE ORIOLES WILL NEVER BE COMPETITIVE WITH ANGELOS AS THE OWNER. IT IS HIS GIGANTIC EGO THAT IS CAUSING THIS MESS. ADD TO THAT HIS TOTAL LACK OF SKILLS AS AN OWNER AND YOU HAVE A DISASTER. WHEN HE IS READY TO SELL OR HE DIES, THEN WE WILL HAVE THE POSSIBILITY OF HAVING A MAJOR LEAGUE TEAM. PETER, STICK TO ASBESTOS PLEASE.

Now that the Ravens have started, the Sun's Sports dept., especially Schmuck and Cowherd, can further ignore the ongoing disgrace the Orioles are, and contiue their hands-off approach to Angeos and McPhail. Who is the bigger disgrace, the Sun columnists or the Orioles?

D-Lee has a chance to be a hero in Pittsburgh. That's got to mean something to him. If he helps put them into the playoffs, he'll be embraced like he's never been, even in his best years. Those people have waited a long time for a good season, and I'm not caught up in the whole Pitt vs. Balt nonsense to begrudge them that.

I see that last year Aaron Baker hit .253 in single A, and the year before that he hit .247 in single A. I'm sure that by the time he reaches the majors (& with Os he certainly will), he'll be the .320 power hitting first baseman that will make us forget about McPhail low- bidding Teixiera and non-attempt to sign Prince Fielder. Now we have 2 more 1B of the future in just 2 days.

The only path McPhail is making is his track to the commissioners office when Selig retires!

this team was in such bad shape when AM took over . Not only did he have to rebuild the team he also had to rebuild the minor league as well. Sid thrft , and Flanny did not have a clue nor due some of the fans he has done a very good job it takes time to rebuild the Org.he has brought in a lot of good players just look at the deal he just made for Koji, rome was noit built in a daypeople need to be patient. If the pitching was good the team would be a whole lot better,but we only had AAA pitchers because the other GM. ture this team apart before he got here. Keep up the good work AM.

CAN'T BELIEVE ALL THE BOO HOOING ABOUT THE RESULTS OF ANOTHER VERY POOR TEAM. THE FUALT IS WHOM AM? CHECK YOUR FACTS CLOWNS. THE BLAME IS NOT THE GM, THE MANAGER OR EVEN THE PLAYERS. GET A CLUE B-MORE FAN.....SURPRISE IT THE OWNER -SHIP AND HIS LACK OF KNOWLEDGE ABOUT MLB!! TA-DAAAAAAA!!!!!!!

One day will know the true story of what happened to our young pitchers this year! I believe there is more to the story than we are being told! All of them went south. What happened to them? Do we have a mutiny at Camden Yards!

not to ne taking up for mr angelos how come baltimores payrool is 82 to 84 million and tampa bay is 41 million ,spending money is not the answer, you have to get what you pay for, and i think we got cheated( what do you think andy) you can get allthe home run hitters you want. if you score 9 runs per game and they score 10 that makes you a loose(like the orioles) what it all boils down to the orioles only have a hand full of quality players and NO PITCHING,

I officially hate the Orioles now. 14 years of this misery and not one step closer to being competitive. With the pathetic eye for talent this organization has, it can easily be 4 or 5 more years before we can even think about crawling out of the cellar. The Orioles will continue to spin this as an opportunity to "restock" the farm system and "rebuild" for the future.
This organization is a pathetic shell of it's one great self and has NO regard for the fans. Best pitcher on this sorry staff and fan favorite: Gone.
The Orioles were flat out embarrassed Saturday. I have been embarrassed to be a fan for too many years now....Something must change. Either Angelos spends on real talent free agents this off season or I'm done.

John, I totally agree with you. Seems to me baseball as a form of entertainment is gone in Baltimore. There will not be a renewal from this family of four, as it is too painful to continue to watch. The baseball and business side of this operation needs some changes and it has to start at the top. Our kids consider it punishment to go to the games!

For all of you who complain and whine, why dont you offer answers? what would you do? time to wake up big name players will not sign here no matter what amount of money you give them.

While D Lee was speaking he hit into another double play. He was worthless.

Thanks Andy MacFailure. 14 yrs and counting....

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A Baltimore native, Dan Connolly has been covering sports for 14 years, and baseball and the Orioles for 10 seasons, including the past six with The Sun. His first year covering baseball on a daily basis was Cal Ripken Jr.'s final season as a player. It's believed that is just a coincidence.

Steve Gould is an assistant sports editor for The Sun, overseeing Orioles coverage. The Columbia native joined The Sun as a sports copy editor in 2006 after graduating from the University of Maryland.

Peter Schmuck has been covering baseball for a lot longer than Steve Gould has been on this earth. He is now a general sports columnist, but has been a beat writer covering three major league teams (the Dodgers, Angels and Orioles) and also spent a decade as the Sun's national baseball writer. If you want more of his insight on the Orioles and other sports issues, check out his personal blog -- The Schmuck Stops Here.


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