Cubs, Braves complete Lee trade

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, Last Updated: 5:52 PM ET

Chicago - The Atlanta Braves have officially acquired first baseman Derrek Lee from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for three pitching prospects.

Lee has been bothered by a lower back issue this season and was not in the lineup for the Cubs on Wednesday. In 109 games this season, he has a .251 batting average, 16 homers and 56 runs batted in.

"It just felt right," Lee said. "The main thing, though, is that we have six weeks to go. Atlanta is in first place. They're playing great baseball. The chance to go to the postseason -- it's hard to pass up."

The Cubs tried to send Lee to the Angels earlier this season, but he invoked his no-trade rights as a 10-and-5 player -- 10 years in the league and five with the same team -- to void the deal.

"It's a situation Derrek and I have been working on for a few days," said Cubs general manager Jim Hendry. "He's had a tremendous career here except for the year with his wrist injury. He's performed like an All-Star player and an All- Star teammate. It's unfortunate that we've gotten ourselves in this spot. It is a great opportunity for Derrek to join a first-place club."

Chicago acquired three minor league pitchers from Atlanta -- right-handers Robinson Lopez and Tyrelle Harris with southpaw Jeffrey Lorick. The Braves also received cash considerations.

Lee will be a free agent at the end of the season. It is the third trade in which he has been involved, having been sent to Florida from San Diego in 1997 before being traded to Chicago prior to the 2004 campaign.


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