Veteran first baseman Derrek Lee could be playing again sooner than expected.
It appears according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe that Lee is on the Milwaukee Brewers’ radar as they look for a replacement for Mat Gamel who is going to be out for a while with a knee injury.
No clear contract offer details have been made public just yet, but many are speculating that the deal could be worth an estimated $1.25MM plus $1.4MM in incentives. Something similar to the contract veteran outfielder Johnny Damon got from the Indians.
The 36-year old has continued working out since not “officially retiring” back in March, and is said to be in excellent shape since turning down several offers from the Pirates and several other teams last offseason.
At that time Lee stated that he would only be interested n signing with someone if the “right opportunity” came about. But can the 12-15 Brewers convince Lee they are ready t be a winning team?
Lee batted .267/.325/.446 with 19 home runs and 59 RBI last season for the Orioles and Pirates and would surely be an upgrade to Milwaukee’s’ current first base options.