Carlos Lee Drawing Interest

Carlos Lee continues to draw trade interest from teams seeking right-handed hitters, Yahoo’s Tim Brown reports (on Twitter). Lee, a free agent after the season, can block deals to 14 teams.

For Lee to be eligible for another team’s postseason roster, he’d have to be on another club by tomorrow. He was on waivers earlier in the month, but it’s unclear if he was claimed. The Giants are among the teams currently seeking right-handed hitters.  

The Marlins are responsible for paying Lee the pro-rated portion of the MLB minimum salary, while the Astros are covering the rest of his $18.5MM salary. The 36-year-old has a .278/.346/.388 batting line in 486 total plate appearances for the Astros and Marlins this year. He has spoken to Miami officials about the possibility of returning for the 2013 season. 

The Marlins tried to move Lee at the trade deadline, according to multiple reports. The Yankees agreed to pay Miami $1MM in exchange for Lee, who blocked the proposed deal. The Marlins also tried to move Lee to Baltimore at the trade deadline, according to Jon Heyman. Lee blocked a potential deal to Los Angeles back in June.

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  1. jfretless 3 years ago

    Lee on the Giants? …please no.

    I don’t see it as a good fit. …and can he actually play in the outfield?

    • 55saveslives 3 years ago

      He played 80 gms in LF for Houston last season. Worst comes to worse, put Belt in LF. It’s not ideal, but Blanco, Christian, Peguero is an automatic out at the plate.

      • Mr. Boo 3 years ago

        Blanco has been showing signs of life as of late. Plus, I think Bochy’s inclined to keep LF defensively sound. Given that, there’s no room for Lee unless he’s coming off the bench as a righty pinch hitter.

      • johnsilver 3 years ago

        I honestly don’t think he would approve a deal to SF. My2c? Arlington (rangers) back to houston and the Fish, or he is outta’ here next season.

        His bat would be nice for the Giants, not sure where his glove would fit, he isn’t worth a flip anywhere defensively and his power isn’t that good anymore, but he drives in runs still and hits in the clutch.. Something many teams could use.

        • 55saveslives 3 years ago

          Yeah, he doesn’t seem to care about baseball anymore. Funny that he wouldn’t want to spend ONE month here haha…

          • johnsilver 3 years ago

            Here ya on that and same with the O’s and even NYY, but moreso with the O’s when he could have played every game as the DH in a playoff atmosphere for half a season.

            SF offers what seems like a good option also, the area, population.. Just have to think of far fetched things like taxes, or maybe something nobody knows but lee himself.

            One thing.. lee is sure being stubborn this year with regards to being moved.. 3 teams so far, counting the LAD have wanted him and been rebuffed.

          • AaronAngst 3 years ago

            It seems he doesn’t care about playing *winning* baseball. I’m not a Giants fan, but I would think SF would be a premier destination for just about anyone, let alone a ballplayer making millions of dollars to play a game.

          • johnsilver 3 years ago

            Lee made it plain, several years back he didn’t want to leave Houston even and they have not been a winner as you know.

            Houston has been unable this year, like since the non waiver deadline to trade Lee to the LAD, NYY and Baltimore, simply because Lee refused to go. Those are teams in the thick of the playoffs and Lee has made his millions (110m so far) and feels like at this point? he cares more about location and his own comfort more than anything.

            it’s HIS personal choice where he wants to play, with losing teams or a chance to win and no amount of 2nd guessing on the part of fans will ever change that right he has earned.

          • AaronAngst 3 years ago

            I wasn’t saying it’s not his right to reject moves to contenders. Doing so, however, is contrary to every instinct most athletes have, and the opposite of what is preached by the majority of coaches we’ve all had.

          • johnsilver 3 years ago

            Yeah.. Lee is one of those rare athletes who just cares more about being comfortable it seems and winning is secondary, or not even important. I don’t think he will be around next year myself if one of those teams does not sign him (Rangers,Astros, Fish) for 2013, or Lees actually has another team out there he would like to play for since he has already turned down 3 winners since July.

        • BLB25 3 years ago

          Yea, the only scenario I can imagine is the Giants offering him some kind of financial bonus to entice him to come play here for the next 5-9 weeks and him thinking he can build more appeal to a team like the Rangers with a decent playoff showing. But even that seems unlikely. When defense is factored in he doesn’t seem like THAT big of an upgrade over Christian, Nady, or the also available Torres and I don’t think the Giants would go very far to try to convince a guy who doesn’t want to play here.

    • Arizona & LA will block CLee from getting to the Giants, just like Hairston was

  2. MaineSkin 3 years ago

    Lee to the #Orioles has no appeal while Davis and Reynolds are batting at a league avg…Plus we have Lou Ford!!!! os

    • BradyAndersonsSideburns 3 years ago

      Lew ‘Buck only lets me play on Sundays’ Ford

  3. Gothapotamus 3 years ago

    Carlos is counting the days until he’ll be herding cattle full time.  If he can block a waiver trade, he’s not going anywhere.  Playoffs means actually playing more baseball.

  4. davengmusic 3 years ago

    Carlos Lee will only approve trades to teams that reside in states that have no state tax, AND the team must be outside of playoff striking distance. Otherwise, trade blocked.

    • BrickTops 3 years ago

      That is not true, the Astros are paying his salary so the only “State Income Tax” will be on the one month of vet minimum the receiving team pays. So we are talking beans

      I doubt that hold him up

      • lakersdodgersyankees4life 3 years ago

        look at Dodgers, Los Angeles

        • Gumby65 3 years ago

          LA Checklist: 1.Competitive…Check 2. CA State Tax… Check. 3. Fortunate that Lee was selfish… Triple Check.

      • Guest 3 years ago

        False. It doesn’t matter where your employer is located, or in Lee’s case, team who is paying salary is located. It’s where the employee earns the money that determines in which state income is taxable. I’m a CPA.

  5. personally, i think he is good for the marlins. stanton has bonded with him, and he can teach the young players how to think at the plate. no real reason to deal him, especially with the two sides talking about him coming back next season.

  6. 22deputydo33 3 years ago

    i wonder how long it will be till we hear/read that teams stop giving no trade clauses to players. many have signed big name players to multiple year contracts,now that some want to trade certain players they cannot do it because of the no trade clauses.many might think that my feelings on no trade clauss is not so bright,but no trade clauses should not be put in a players contract. i feel many of the big name players are selfixh for not going to teams they do not wat to play for, there is always that big name player that just might put that team over the top.

  7. The guy straight sucks any way. Who cares

  8. Lefty_Orioles_Fan
    Lefty_Orioles_Fan 3 years ago

    I see a lot of “Oriole Types” flying around here, I hope Lee isn’t coming to “Charm” City.

  9. camerondatzker 3 years ago

    I think that Carlos Lee is not the player he was with The Houston Astros and his talent has gone down the tubes. I think that Carlos Lee is at end of his career. he’s an old 36 years old and his power is gone.

  10. i agree that morrison needs out of left field. but,how can you deny that dobbs and lee have both been rbi machines for the marlins?

  11. jigokusabre 3 years ago

    Putting aside how uninstructive RBI is as a stat, Dobbs/Lee don’t have as many RBI as the injured Stanton… between the two of them. John Buck, batting 8th and hitting under .200 has more RBI than either Lee or Dobbs, as Do Infante, LoMo, Hanley and Reyes.

    Anyhow, I would be OK with Lee on the bench… but I don’t see the Marlins signing him for that. The Marlins need a CF, LF, 3B, a starting P, maybe even a C (depending on how you see Brantley developing). Between Dobbs, Solano and Ruggiano the Marlins are set for their bench.

  12. mlbscout6 3 years ago

    Knowing the Marlins front office I wouldn’t be surprised if they are counting on 2 of those 3 “bench players”, you listed, to be starters in 2013.

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