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Marlins acquire Carlos Lee from Astros

    MILWAUKEE -- The Marlins have acquired first baseman/outfielder Carlos Lee from the Houston Astros for a pair of minor-leaguers, third baseman Matt Dominguez and left-handed pitcher Rob Rasmussen, a source said. The news was first reported by ESPN.com's Buster Olney.

    Lee was removed by the Astros from Wednesday's game.

    Lee is hitting .286 with five home runs and fills an obvious need for the Marlins, who have received disappointing results so far from Gaby Sanchez. The 36-year-old Lee, who played for Ozzie Guillen in 2004 with the Chicago White Sox, has been a steady offensive performer during his 14 big-league seasons.

    Lee, a free agent after this season, recently vetoed a trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers but, according to Olney, "has indicated a willingness to play" for the Marlins.

    Even though the Astros have used him exclusively at first base this season, Lee has played left field in the past and could also fit there for the Marlins, who would like to move Logan Morrison to first base. Morrison is dealing with a sore knee that has limited his outfield range and was not in Wednesday's lineup, as a result.

    The slick-fieldling Dominguez, the Marlins' first-round pick (12th overall) in 2007, has been underwhelming offensively. The Astros are picking up the remainder of Lee's $18.5 million salary.

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jimmy the geek

Gaby and who else?

Alex

Really? And what do we do with Lomo? Continue playing him in Left Field? His knee is already shot and the wear and tear from playing the OF sure ain't helping it any, not to mention that he SUCKS out there. Then when Boni gets back, what do you do with Ruggiano?

This is all BULLSPIT on the part of Loria. He wants the fans to think that he's really trying to do something.

jimmy the geek

Olney says Matt Dominguez and p Rob Rasmussen

Glags

Well you have to give then an A for effort. I championed this move a few weeks back. I hope it works. Though they still need some bullpen help. Let's see what else is out there.

Scott Pose

Does this say anything about Lee's competitive nature that he chose to play for the Marlins over the Dodgers? Carlos Lee played in a World Series for the Astros and lost. He is now 36 years old. Don't most guys who are already multi-millionairebaseball players see final goal as winning a World Series? Does he have a better chance of winning a World Series with the Dodgers or Marlins?

AND I hate to say this but I'm SICK of LoMo's knee. He could have had surgery about 3 months earlier and he p;rocrastinated for some dumb reason and we are seeing the ramifications. You reap what you tweet.

Alex

Well you have to give then an A for effort. - Glags

Yeah...I guess. Except what happens with Lomo now? Back to the OF? His knees are shot and he's not a good outfielder. No knock on him, he TRIES HARD AND PLAYS HARD! But he is NOT AN OUTFIELDER. So, if Lomo is in LF, what happens to Ruggiano when Boni comes back? Maybe Ruggiano goes to RF in Stanton's spot, if he goes on the DL with HIS bad knee. Or...maybe Bonifacio plays the infield after we DUMP HANLEY!

But yeah, Glags, gotta give the Front Office & Loria credit for trying! Dominguez sucked anyway, and I haven't heard any raves about Rasmussen, so this is a no lose situation!

Alex

El Caballo in Left Field? Oy vey! I dunno bout dat! And that still doesn't solve the Ruggiano issue when Boni returns. Does Ruggiano gets benched in favor of Lee? I wouldn't like to see that. The kid has earned his spot!

the Jockey Club

dont think that the 36yr old 270lb el caballo will be grazing in LF anytime soon

richiej

Lee is probably a short term player. If he is coming off an $18 million year, Loria is not going to offer anything close. I think they might have another deal pending for Gaby, or, will release Kearns, BUT, what they should do is put Lomo on the long term DL and get his leg taken care of. Just some thoughts.

Scott Pose

Stan will vouch. I may be the most "progressive" person in the state. I also taught myself how to speak Spanish so I could communicate with a significant number of the population therefore this has absolutely NOTHING to do with Latinos anywhere--this is directed solely towards Marlins management. Is it their ultimate goal to have an Hispanic at every position? I'm trying to understand the Lee thing, the patience with Sanchez and I must admit I'm shocked that A!!!! Molina has not been acquired. Maybe they even directed Stanton to drop the "Mike" to confuse a portion of the populace. Now let me state that I have NO problem with ANY ethnic group playing EVERY position on the field as long as each of the players is out there because of his ability. The Marlins are soon to be 10!!!! G.B. the Nats--we ain't finishing ahead of the Dodgers/Giants or the Braves??? Blow this thing up NOW!!!!

jimmy the geek

who is the odd man out on the 25man roster...more to come

laurelbowie

Kearns has to be the first to go. At least, when Ozzie and Jeff call me, that's gonna be my recommendation.

Scott Pose

By the way, Stan, Flag, Glags, Laurel, Alex, Samson or anyone else PLEASE give an opinion as to what was up with Guillen literally going after Sanchez and 2 marginal bullpen guys to defend Heath Bar Fat Boy Bell??

Dr No

waiting for the MRI for Stanton

Scott Pose

Dear Geek and Laurel, These are not the 27 Yankees or the Big Red Machine. The machinations to get down to 25 equate with Roseanne Barr deciding on a flavor at Howard Johnson's(NOT the third baseman)

richiej

Scott-Long Term Big Contract

Father doesnt Know Best

@Scott Pose...Marlins tried to get Steve Garvey ,but found out he's to busy still knocking up half to female population in S Cal...

Lon Chaney

Ozzies rant was all an act

Scott Pose

Dear Flags, Your assignment. Find out where the Marlins stay in Phoenix. I say we buy Ozzie a nice bottle of Camus and get some answers.

Scott Pose

Dear richiej and Lon, I understand the long term deal and it being an act BUT why the vitriol directed towards 2 nothing guys in the bullpen? Wouldn't that only stir resentment on the part of established guys who understand the unfairness and stupidity of the whole thing?

Scott Pose

Dear Father Doesn't, Do you think our fearless leader has an equal eye for "talent" as did Steve Garvey?

Alex

Ruggiano & Lomo Show what they think of Lee Deal! Both of them hit HRs and tied the game! Funny because Lee plays both of their positions, LOL!

Alex

By the way, Stan, Flag, Glags, Laurel, Alex, Samson or anyone else PLEASE give an opinion as to what was up with Guillen literally going after Sanchez and 2 marginal bullpen guys to defend Heath Bar Fat Boy Bell??

Posted by: Scott Pose

Scot, I have no freaking CLUE what goes on that guy's "mind". Ripping the pitchers that HE HIMSELF put in that position?

Scott Pose

Look DEEP into your souls-----What will you be pulling for IF the Marlins have a 1 run lead going to bottom of the 9th? Tell the truth.

laurelbowie

I think Guillen just went after a pitching staff that gave up 13 runs and looked totally incompetent in the process. We've been begging him to light into somebody and he finally did it, so I don't understand all the consternation.

To Hell With David Samson

This will help like having leeches suck the poisoned blood out of a corpse.
Dominguez and Rasmussen were on the fast track to be busts. They will now be All-Stars.
Carlos Lee is a fat piece of crap.
Speaking of "piece of crap", how'd Loss Johnson do today? Yeah, thought so.
Screw this team.

Scott Pose

Laurel, COWARDS usually go after the little guys and men go after the big guy causing the trouble.

Guillen-----Coward who brags about getting drunk in hotel bars??????

OR

Guillen----Man going after big guy causing the trouble??

Assume you are still pounding out the lede---Make the call.

Alex

I guess Gaby doesn't like the Carlos Lee deal either! He just hit the game tying HR with 2 outs in the 9th!

Alex

LOL @ Scot Pose! You're killing me, dude!

Swampbilly

I have witnessed multiple times many interviews in my 78 years, of high profile sports figures and the one thing they all have in common and agreeon, to perform his/her sport of choice is over 90% mental. By the same measure I have never heard anyone or of anyone articulate or even mention mental. That also apply's to owners and their hiring of coaches and managers. Coach; to teach, instruct, mentor and nowhere in the Marlins organization is this being done. Marlins manager is a cancer to the team and should barred from baseball. Hitting a baseball is a natural doth, natural process. If a hitter can physically stand in the batters box and swing bat, all else is done for them, but it is mental so I understand why the Marlins cannot hit. swing a bat at a ball is likened to waving a magic wand however there is no magic to it. ALL NATURAL. NEVER BLAME A PITCHER. Blame your coach because he/she cannot coach hitting opponents pitching.

Fans of Gaby

way to go Gaby, in possibly your last game as a Marlin

Father Goose

@Pose ..Steve Garvey makes Loria look like a eunuch

Cooked

yipee!!!..the Queasy Queefer didnt Quaf it up

To Hell With David Samson

Anytime Queef Smell manages to get a save, it's a win that feels like a loss.
Funny that Gabrielle Snatchez wakes up after the trade. Way too little, way too late, you jerk. You bombed out of UM because you couldn't follow the rules, and you're continuing to disgrace South Florida now. Get the hell out and don't come back!

Scott Pose

I wish to apologize. I said earlier "10 G.B. the Nats", I'm of course wrong--9 G.B. the Nats.

Did anyone else see almost a tinge of psychotic behavior in a certain authority figure in the late stages of that game? I thought it to be particularly bizarre that someone making a Hell of a lot of money would have found anything humorous about the opening sequences of the bottom of the 10th.

oh Well. Just a HUGE save for Bell and one that Tommy Bahama assured us will be a confidence booster.

I'll admit it. I wanted that ball gone in bottom of the 10th. Two reasons--(1) It would have been hilarious to see the meltdown and (2)It would have accelerated the changes that inevitably must be made.

Cooked

Gaby sent to AAA

Scott Pose

Dear Goose, Why would you believe my reference to "fearless leader" had anything to do with Loria? i believe we are referencing different levels of "talent", i am of course referring to On Field talent. I'm staggered to realize you may be contemplating other meanings of the word.

Scott Pose

Tommy Bahama and Little Richie Cunningham are still talking about "keys", there are NO keys. The horse is not only out of the barn, he is half way to santa Anita. They are 9 GB the Nats. They must capture a Wild Card and Fat Boy has already for all practical purposes sunk that chance.

Scott Pose

Let us not forget that Matt Dominguez was another failed Number 1 Pick and I do believe that Rasmussen was a Sandwich Pick and like the 50th guy selected. It seems almost impossible to have missed on so many picks for such a long period of time. Did they really select Dominguez because he went to same high school as Samson??

michael lee deanno

Boy, I haven't been on here for a while, and I see the blog has been taken over by two or three jerks who make Ozzie G. look freaking sane. You clowns don't want to talk baseball, you just want to spew insults and racial hatred at people you don't even know while hiding behind made-up names like Scott P**ssy and to Hell With Samson. And one of you has the balls to call Ozzie a coward. I'll look for a blog where somebody actually wants to talk baseball.

michael lee deanno

BTW, Scotty, how does getting one Hispanic and sending another Hispanic down improve the ratio of Hispanics on the team. Bet some of your best friends are Hispanic, huh? Yeah, I thought so.

michael lee deanno

One more thing. I've made copies of your comments and I am forwarding them to the real Scott Pose. Maybe he will sue your butt.

Alex

michael lee, I am the furthest thing from anti-Hispanic (I'll leave it at THAT) but anyone that doesn't see the cynical, pandering style of Fat Jeffrey Loria behind all these personnel moves must be BLIND. It's obvious Loria is desperate to pander to the Latino audience and make the Marlins "South America's Team"! He didn't even FAKE a move at Prince Fielder! And this is a team that was desperately in need of a SLUGGER who could drive in runs! Instead we signed a table setter singles hitter like Reyes. Of course! He fits Loria's profile.

Like I said, I am the furthest thing from "anti-Latino" and those who know me know EXACTLY why that's The Truth, but I just can't lie about what I see with this team. I think we need to get the best PLAYERS. Loria wants to get the best Latino PLAYERS because that's who he's trying to attract. Problem is that baseball fans come to see WINNERS, not losers, no matter WHERE the losers are from!

Alex

Anyway, that was HUGE for Bell, huh? He sure DOMINATED those Brewers didn't he! Came right in and just blew them away! After this performance I think all Marlins fans will agree that from here on in we are going to be fine! We have nothing to worry about anymore when it comes to Heath Bell; from now in he's gonna be AUTOMATIC! LMFAO

spitballer

My TX friends tell me that Lee is very slow...hits into a lot of double plays. If Lee turns an ankel runing down to 1st base...Gaby will be right back up.

Alex

Read this and you will know why we got Lee. Like I said, it was all for SHOW, to make Loria look like he's different this year:

"It's a huge move, I think, the front office, showing people how much we want to win," Guillen said. "They show how much we care about winning this year, they showed the players that they're willing to do anything to help this ballclub."

I guess this is supposed to show everybody that unlike 2008 & 2009 when we had a damn good team that was over .500 and Loria DID NOTHING AT THE TRADING DEADLINE, this time he means business! LMFAO

Seabiscuit

could you see El Caballo galloping around leftfield at Marlins Park. It might be the first time you see an equine ambulance come on the field and euthanize a player.

Alex

Ozzie just let the cat out of the bag. This move was NOT about getting Carlos Lee because he could help the team win. It was done because he wanted to show "the people" that he's really serious this time! And the players too, because obviously a bunch of them were also disgusted in 2008 and 2009.

Alex

LOL @ Seabiscuit!!! The ground would shake so much that the new concrete at Marlins Park might crack!

Seabiscuit

El Caballo would crash through the LF fence,stampede the crowd at the Clevelander and drown in the pool.

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