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A more realistic option is 37-year-old Derrek Lee, who hasn’t played since 2011, when he hit .267 with 19 homers and 59 RBIs for Baltimore and Pittsburgh. Cashman talked to Lee and the first baseman appeared to be intrigued.

“It’s an out-of-the-box thought,” Cashman said. “I just know that he was a Yankee-type of player. If he was game, I bet he still has game.”

“Nothing ventured, nothing gained,” he said.

Exactly, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

“Never any harm in asking Chipper,” he said before Atlanta played Washington. “But, uh, no.”

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AP freelance writer Mark Didtler in Tampa contributed to this report.