Carlos Lee has announced his retirement from baseball, according to a report from the Associated Press (via ESPNdeportes.com). Lee, a client of Wasserman Media Group, said on a Panamanian sports radio show that he received offers from four different teams this offseason, but none offered the two-year deal he was seeking. Lee did not specify which teams were interested.
In parts of 14 Major League seasons, "El Caballo" hit .285/.339/.483 with 358 homers, 1363 RBIs and 125 stolen bases. During his peak years from 2003-07, Lee posted five straight seasons of 30 or more home runs. He made three straight All-Star appearances, won two Silver Sluggers and collected MVP votes on three separate occasions.
Fangraphs and Baseball-Reference both agree that Lee was worth slightly more than 28 wins above replacement over the course of his 2099 games with the White Sox, Astros, Brewers, Rangers and Marlins. According to Baseball-Reference, Lee earned $130.275MM in his career.