Wow. Derrek Lee to the Orioles.
Can't say I'll miss him. .318 against the Cards, including .417 off Jeff Suppan, .391 off Kyle Lohse, .333 off Dennys Reyes and .310 off Chris Carpenter. Then there are the 12 homers, half of which were hit off Supp; including .306 in St. Louis.
Back in 2003, Lee won the World Series with the wildcard Marlins, knocking out the Cubs in the Bartman Game. Two years later, he was traded to those same Cubs with the idea that he could make up at least a little of what Sammy Sosa had done. Against the Cardinals, he did. He added to the Cards-Cubs rivalry by stacking up the stats above and providing a mini-rivalry with Albert Pujols in 2005.
In 2005, Derrek Lee was the only player that stood between Albert and his first batting title. Lee finished at .335, while Pujols had .330. Lee also robbed Pujols of a closely-contested Gold Glove and the Silver Slugger awards in 2005. Of course, no one can keep pace with Pujols, and the rivalry only lasted a season. But the fact that the Cubs had a good first baseman naturally pitted the two against eachother. But now, he's gone.
In Lee's first two seasons with Florida, the Marlins lost 100 or near 100 games. In 2003, they won it all. The Orioles lost near 100 games last year. We'll see what he's done with the place in late June.