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Don't expect much from D-Lee, O-Cab

Updated: July 31, 2011, 12:13 PM ET
By Eric Karabell

Only two major league baseball teams have received a lower OPS from their first basemen than the Pittsburgh Pirates, so it's understandable why the surprise NL Central contenders were interested in upgrading from Lyle Overbay, Brandon Wood, Steve Pearce and others. The problem is Saturday night's trade for Baltimore Orioles veteran Derrek Lee doesn't figure to help much. The Orioles ranked 25th in OPS from the first base spot in part because Lee is having such a poor season.

Lee is hitting .246 with a .302 on-base percentage and 12 home runs, though half of those home runs have come in July, along with 19 of his 41 RBIs on the season. Lee is a shell of his former .850-.900 OPS self, even worse than what he accomplished for the Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves last year, but at least he's hit better of late. Hey, baby steps, right? He's not Overbay.

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