I called for Carlos Lee all winter long. The answer to the left field problem just spent the last two days raking Tribe pitching. This was a guy in the last year of a bad contract, with a proven track record, who hits right-handed with power, and can play outfield or first base. The Astros reportedly wanted to all but give him away, but decided on keeping him to play first base. His $18 million salary for a team that was completely rebuilding just didn’t fit. It was thought that the Indians had kicked the tires on him during the winter, but nothing ever came of it. So they moved on.
Yes, Lee has been playing first base and isn’t exactly a gold glover in the outfield, but nobody could be that much worse than Johnny Damon defensively. I know, I know – El Caballo isn’t hitting lefties well this season (.146), but for his career, Lee is at .290/.347/.834. In 2012 as a whole, the 36-year old is hitting .303/.356/.769 with 28 RBIs hitting cleanup for one of the worst offenses in the game. You’d have to say that is a mild improvement over the Damon/Shelley Duncan experiment.