MARLINS ACQUIRE LEE FROM ASTROS

The Houston Astros are one of the few teams that can clearly be labeled sellers at this point and 1B Carlos Lee was in demand, having been the subject of a proposed trade to the Dodgers that didn’t happen. But Houston turned around and traded Lee to the Marlins on Wednesday for two minor-leaguers.

The Dodgers offense has been struggling without Matt Kemp and, now, Andre Ethier and 1B is one of their weaker offensive positions. Lee has a limited no-trade clause, and the Dodgers are one of the teams that he can not be dealt to without his approval. After waiting a day or so for a decision from Lee, the Dodgers pulled out of the trade.

The Miami Marlins are not on Lee’s no-trade list and the Astros will be picking up most of the $9M owed to Lee, who is in the last year of a 6yr/$100M contract. Despite the fact that, at age 36, Lee is hitting .287/.336/411 with just 5 homers in 277 plate appearances, he will be an upgrade over what Miami is getting from Gaby Sanchez. He also adds another right-handed bat to a mostly right-handed lineup, which isn’t ideal, but many of those bats are extremely potent.

The added wild-card team has put many more teams in play as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches and the transaction action may heat up earlier this season than in years past.

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