Carlos Lee Rumors: Saturday

Last night we learned that the Dodgers and Astros are in serious talks about a trade involving Carlos Lee, though the two sides also discussed Jed Lowrie at one point as well. Dodgers' pitching prospect Garrett Gould was rumored to be involved and he was scratched from last night's start, perhaps an indication of how far along things are at the moment. Here's the latest on Lee, the Astros, and Dodgers, with the latest up top…

  • Lee told reporters (including McTaggart) that he expects to make his decision about waiving the no-trade clause by tomorrow.
  • Olney hears that the Dodgers' attitude toward the trade is: "Something else will come up (if it falls through). We'll get somebody." (Twitter link)
  • Sources tell Jon Paul Morosi and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports that the deal would be Lee and cash to ‪the Dodgers‬ for Gould (Twitter links). It's still unclear if Lee will waive his no-trade clause.
  • As of early-afternoon today, Lee continues to tell the Astros that he will not waive his no-trade clause according to ESPN's Buster Olney (on Twitter).
  • Lee met with GM Jeff Luhnow this morning and told reporters (including's Brian McTaggart and The Houston Chronicle's Zachary Levine) that the Dodgers have made an offer (Twitter links). He is going to take some time to decide if he wants to accept the trade, and he has not been given a deadline for his decision. He's unsure if he'll have an answer this weekend.
  • The Astros "will do cartwheels'' if the trade is completed according to Jon Heyman of The hard part won't be agreeing to the pieces involved, but getting Lee's approval. Heyman mentions that Houston is willing to trade just about anyone on their roster, but it'll take quite a bit to part with Lowrie.
  • The Dodgers prefer to take on salary rather than give up quality prospects under their new ownership, write Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports. Lee is owed just under $9MM for the remainder of the season.
  • As a reminder, the Dodgers are one of the 14 teams on Lee's no-trade list, so he can veto a deal. Lee does not have traditional 10-and-5 protection, having essentially traded it for a full no-trade clause during the first four years of his six-year, $100MM contract back in 2007.

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7 Comments on "Carlos Lee Rumors: Saturday"

3 years 2 months ago

The Decision part (high number)

Devern Hansack
3 years 2 months ago

Imma take my talents to Long Beach.

3 years 2 months ago

I’d like to see LA get both of them.

3 years 2 months ago

The Dodgers have the right attitude.  They are right.  If not Lee, someone else will become available.

3 years 2 months ago

The Dodgers’ pathetic offense can’t get any worse.  After being shut out five times in six games, if I were Mattingly I’d be tempted to put an all-pitcher lineup on the field out of frustration.

3 years 2 months ago

Don’t know where they are getting their conclusions. Reading about his actual skill set he appears to be underwhelming. And yet, you can hardly expect the Astros to give up Lee for nothing.

3 years 2 months ago

Hahaha great handle.
Taking out Loney for Lee seems like an expensive lateral move. Marginal offensive upgrade, significant defensive downgrade, $9MM, – Gould. If he vetos, we dodged a bullet.