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Cubs get Derrek Lee from Marlins

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Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - The Chicago have acquired first baseman from the Florida in exchange for first baseman and a minor league player to be named later. The move for the to get Lee comes one day after the Baltimore reportedly tried to acquire the power hitting first baseman. According to the Baltimore Sun, Lee and his agent, Casey Close, met in Baltimore Monday with executives Jim Beattie and Mike Flanagan. However, a deal wasn't finalized because both sides couldn't work out terms of a contract.

The 28-year-old Lee earned $4.25 million last season for the World Series champion . He posted his first career "20-20" season in 2003, stealing 21 bases and hitting 31 homers to go with 31 doubles, 92 RBI and a .271 batting average.

Lee has belted at least 20 homers in each of his last four seasons and this past year he captured his first Gold Glove Award. He also has 40 steals over the last two years, the most by any major league first baseman.

This past season was an incredible one for Lee. Not only did he hit the ball well, but he was tied for third among National League first basemen with a .996 fielding percentage, committing five errors. He is a career .994 fielder at that position.

Lee had big hits in Florida's Game 6 and Game 7 victories over the in the National League Championship Series this year. He stroked the game-tying double off in the eighth inning of Game 6 and then put the ahead for good in the fifth inning of Game 7 with a single off .

A right shoulder injury slowed Lee's play in August this year, but he still managed to hit .341 the final month of the season to help Florida win the NL wild card.

Lee, who started his career in San Diego in 1997 before being traded to Florida prior to the 1998 season, is a career .264 hitter with 130 homers and 421 RBI.

The 24-year-old Choi was Chicago's Opening Day first baseman, but hit just .218 with eight homers and 28 RBI in 80 games this year. He was on the disabled list with a concussion in June after a severe collision with Wood during a game against the . Choi, the first Korean-born position player to appear in a major league game, also spent extended time at Triple-A Iowa.

In an interesting twist, the scout who signed Choi was former Pacific Rim coordinator Leon Lee - 's father.

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