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Several Former Braves In The News Today, Including Rick Ankiel And Derrek Lee

Several former Braves found new homes or were just in the news today. Here's a recap.

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The Twins signed Chuck James, according to Kevin Goldstein. James hasn't pitched in the majors since Atlanta in 2008, but he spent some time in the Nationals system last season, dominating the minors as usual. His problem has always been the stuff doesn't translate to major league success.

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The Nationals signed Rick Ankiel, according to Jon Heyman. It's a one-year deal worth $1.5 million, with a chance to earn an additional $1.25 million. That's about $2.75 million too much. They now have plenty of options for left field, and unfortunately for them, Ankiel is one.

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Derrek Lee is asking for $8-10 million, according to Ken Rosenthal. Lee is just two seasons removed from 35 homers and a .972 OPS, but he'll be 35, and the bat speed isn't what it was. He's comparing the deals given to Lance Berkman and Carlos Pena, which makes sense with Berkman's $8 million deal, but Pena is probably still a notch above at this point. The Padres may be out of the running on Lee, but the Nationals may still be interested.

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Anthony Lerew is close to signing with a Japanese team, according to NPB Tracker. Lerew last pitched in the Braves system in 2008 and was sent to the Royals, where he did fairly well between AA and AAA for two years, but the strikeout rate has never been there for him.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.