April 23, 2014

MLB News: Carlos Lee Traded to Miami

Fans of the Cleveland Indians can cross another name off of their wish list of right-handed left fielders as the Miami Marlins have acquired Carlos Lee, along with cash considerations, from the Houston Astros for a pair of minor leaguers.

Marlins prospects Matt Dominguez, a third baseman, and Rob Rasmussen, left-handed pitcher, were ranked fourth and seventh, respectively, by Baseball America.

The Astros are expected to also pay the majority of the $9 million remaining on Lee’s contract. The 36-year-old is hitting .287 with five home runs, 29 RBI and an OPS of .747.

Lee, holder of a partial no-trade clause, had no say in this deal as the Marlins were not on the list. He recently turned down a trade that would have sent him to the Los Angeles Dodgers, but this had been rumored to be due to the desire to not play in a major television market. He will join the likes of Giancarlo Stanton and Hanley Ramirez in the Miami lineup, providing an upgrade over outfielder Gaby Sanchez.

The Indians, meanwhile, continue to search for at least one right-handed bat to help produce runs over the second half of the 2012 MLB season. Current left fielders Johnny Damon and Shelley Duncan are hitting .201 and .221, respectively.

[Related: Memo to Chris Antonetti: Go Get Carlos Lee]

  • http://www.facebook.com/philip.cordes.16 Philip Cordes

    No surprise there

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Steve Nash sign and trade to Lakers too.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    That was pretty surprising… wonder what happens to Ramon Sessions now? The PG market is so saturated right now… I can’t think of too many teams where he’d be a definitely upgrade over the starting PG.

  • jim

    two of the top ten prospects in the Marlins organization for a middling, over-the-hill batter… It is going to take the likes of Francisco Lindor to pry away a bat that can legitimately help this team.

  • http://www.facebook.com/philip.cordes.16 Philip Cordes

    all the more reason they should have addressed it in the off season

  • Natedawg86

    Interestingly enough, although Miami was not on his no trade list, Florida was.