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Braves acquire 1B Derrek Lee from Cubs

Photo by Jeff Roberson

Photo by Jeff Roberson

ATLANTA -- 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 2 1/2 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.