It certainly looks now like today's rumored Derrek Lee trade is going to go down. Says Bob Nightengale:
The Atlanta Braves are on the verge of acquiring first baseman Derrek Lee from the Chicago Cubs and hope to have the deal finalized by this afternoon, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The only thing holding up the deal is Lee's back problems. He had an injection in the epidural of his lower back to ease discomfort from a bulging disk on Monday and missed the last two games.
Lee's back is a legitimate concern and must be given its due diligence, but if and when Lee checks out, the trade should happen quickly, and the Braves should have a new first baseman in short order.