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Derrek Lee agreed to a 1-year contract to become the Orioles first basemen in 2011. The 35-year-old veteran of 14 big league seasons batted .260 with 19 homers and 80 RBIs in 148 combined games for the Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves in 2010. However, he played all season with a torn ligament in his right thumb, an injury that he sustained on Opening Day and is believed to have contributed to his decline in power numbers. Lee batted .306 with 35 homers and 111 RBIs in 141 games for the Cubs in 2009, and finished in the top 10 in National League Most Valuable Player voting. A two-time All-Star and a three-time Gold Glove winner, Lee is a career .282 hitter.
August 31, 2010