Derrek Lee has been sitting around since the end of the 2011 season after retiring. The New York Yankees have a hole to fill at first base while Mark Teixeira is out and the team has reached out to Lee to see if he wants to make a return to MLB. I think Lee should strongly consider the idea even if it is just for half a season. Lee has always been a very solid hitter and a great defender so a move like this could only help the Yankees stay in sight in the American League East while their stars recover from injury.
Lee’s final season in 2011 saw him hit .337 in 28 games for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Lee is a career .281 hitter, but the biggest factor has to be his defense. Lee has made only 98 errors during a 15-year career or just over six a season. With the team depending on players who aren’t as talented or gifted defensively, having a player like Lee at first makes a ton of sense.
I’m not sure if Lee wants to come out of retirement to do that, but at least he is interested which has to be a positive for the Yankees. I’m sure his former general manager Jim Hendry has made sure that Lee knows how important his return would be. I think that Lee will return in the end and even if he only plays until the All-Star break, I really think it would be the right move to make. It could lead to Lee getting to play another year or two in the league which I’m sure he would love to do.