CHICAGO—The Atlanta Braves have acquired first baseman Derrek Lee from the Chicago Cubs.
Lee has put up disappointing numbers in the final season of his five-year, $65 million contract, hitting .251 with 16 homers and 56 RBIs. He's also been bothered by a sore back that kept him out of the Cubs' game Wednesday against San Diego.
But the Braves, leading the NL East by 2½ games, are looking for any offensive help they can get after losing Chipper Jones to a season-ending knee injury - even though they already have Troy Glaus at first base.
Atlanta will send three minor-leaguers to the Cubs.
The teams announced the trade after the Padres 5-1 win over the Cubs.