All-Star first baseman Derrek Lee is still currently a free agent but that seems to change very soon. The Milwaukee Brewers are “definitely” interested in signing Lee after losing first baseman Mat Gamel to a torn ACL and placing two other starters on the 15-day disabled list.
The Brewers are quickly approaching desperation mode as they continue to lose everyday players. Alex Gonzalez and Carlos Gomez were both placed on the 15-day disabled list recently which means Milwaukee needs to find a big-time bat to help keep the offense afloat.
Lee stated that if the right opportunity came along then he would be happy to continue his career and play for a contender. The Brewers may not currently look the part but there is no doubt they have what it takes to win back-to-back National League Central titles. Milwaukee has the skill set and talent to get hot at the right time, similar to what they did last season, and make a run for the postseason. To do that they will need something better than a platoon at first base.
Aramis Ramirez if finally starting to get going and the starting pitching continues to have great performances every outing (with the exception of “ace” Yovani Gallardo). Milwaukee now needs to solidify the offense with someone who knows how to swing a bat. Lee will provide protection for Ryan Braun and Ramirez while also carrying the load when necessary.
Lee will command a contract of approximately $2.65 million that includes incentives. This is a no-brainer for Milwaukee, who already has their biggest payroll in franchise history. It is critical general manager Doug Melvin pulls the trigger and signs Lee immediately otherwise the Brewers will risk losing him to another team.