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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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Stan M

With the Marlins down 5-1 I turned off the TV and took a nap. Woke up to read about the late inning win and the Lee trade. My overall opinion is that it is an overall plus. Lee will be a problem in LF though. My first thought concerned if this trade is tied to Stanton's injury. One can never believe a FO report on an injury so this is scary. Was it done because they expect Stanton to be out for an extended period? Also kind of sorry to see them give up on Dominguez. He was taken when they could have had Heywood so the guy must have something going for him. (or Loria didn't want to give Heywood the big bucks). Let's hope that this trade is not their last this month.

laurelbowie

Both big Marlins comebacks, Tuesday and Wednesday, were started by mammoth solo home runs by Justin Ruggiano when it looked like the game was out of reach.
I have no point here — I just thought I'd mention it.
Hope Lee's presence doesn't cut into Ruggiano's playing time because the Fish need his defense, speed, bat and versatility a lot more than they need a lumbering, basepath-clogging 36-year-old whose defense is tentative at best.
Anybody notice that Ruggiano was limping around by the end of today's game. Don't know what was wrong with him, but with Lomo, Stanton and Hanley all hobbling, it can't be a good thing.

Scott Pose

Dear Michael, I will assume you were joking--Let's HOPE you were joking. The Miami Herald--a prestigious metropolitan newspaper-- has let my comments(and others far worse than mine) remain on its baseball blog for days. The Miami Herald has enough intelligence to read its Blogs and realize nothing of a libelous(or is it slanderous??) nature should stay up. The vast portion of humanity also realizes that NOBODY with an iota of common sense uses his or her real name on the Internet. Therefore you will find Rico Carty or Mike Lum on a Braves Blog--People will KNOW that is not "Rico Carty" or "Mike Lum". Actually I was dumb enough at one time to use my real name on Blogs and I saw numerous comments ascribed to me. The people who know me realize it was not me and so I did not really care. I did start using a non de plume that I strung together from the first and last names of former Marlins as a joke. Never did I expect anyone to think it was a real name.

I was really insulted---although I later attributed it to your lack of reading comprehension---That I was somehow a bigot. In the post you referenced I said(I'll paraphrase) "I do not care if every position player is of a particular ethnic group as long as they are the best players", now I was questioning the Marlins as to the possibility they were trying to have a dominate Latino influence--That is actually a strategy OTHERS have said they are pursuing. Two people on this Blog who have met and spoken with me would actually call me a "Liberal Nut" in my pursuit of what Liberals,of course, view as justice for all. However, when I see anyone saying inane things or doing inane things I will "mention it", I'm sure the concept of "public personalities" means something to you, BUT then again I NEVER say anything that would carry the level of defamation.
If you don't like the combo of "Pose" and "Scott", two names from former Marlins , how about "Orestes Santiago", would that be okay. Fortunately 99%of the readers of Blogs realize those are not real names others are using--you know like "Samson's Boyfriend", "Flagstaff", "Glags" and others. See these are names or combination of names. Understand?? And when someone reams out 2 journeyman relief pitchers instead of a 9 million dollar closer--WEll, YES!! I do think it's gutless.

laurelbowie

Stan M,
You take naps in the middle of the afternoon when there's a baseball game on TV? Wow! From one old-timer to another, think back and tell me — were you real sad when all those dinosaurs died?

Patrick Capps

As an Astros fan, I must say: you folks in Miami got hosed on this deal. Carlos Lee is not the same player he was when we got him six years ago.

Stan M

LB, you have hurt me deeply. Not because you don't remember the dinosaurs as well as I, but because they are still among us. One need only to read "so in so is an idiot" to see that it is not only our flying friends that are direct decendents of those cold blooded creatures. Excuse me now while I rest my eyes and pull up the warm blankets. Ahhh!

laurelbowie

Stan M,
You're right. Contrary to popular belief, the dinos couldn't have ALL been suffocated by the methane gas from their own gigantic farts, because some of them are still around spouting nonsense on this very blog. Thanks for pointing that out.
Sorry for the anguish caused by my earlier comments.

Alex

Hey, I might be old, pal, but I ain't no dinosaur, regardless of the alleged farts that I spout on this blog.

laurelbowie

Alex,
We know how old you are because you've told us. And trust me, I'm old enough to be your daddy. Not that I'm volunteering for the job.

bob

Last year, Carlos Lee played 80 games in LF, 80 games in 1B. This year, he's played all his time in 1B. Everyone here is knocking the idea of El Caballo going back to LF, but you have to weigh your options here. Let LoMo stay in LF with the shaky knee (which apparently has started spreading, they should stop letting LoMo being the team athletic trainer), or try Lee in LF and let LoMo recover at 1B. They should try it at least until the All-Star break. They won't be playing any games at Marlins Park until after the game, and trying Lee at LF at smaller Miller Park and Busch Stadium will let the Marlins see how reliable he is there.

bob

All of you trying to make sense of all the nonsense that has been happening these past few days, I have one word for you: Showtime. Guillen ripping into his players but praising the bum who lost the biggest comeback in Marlins history? Showtime. Guillen laughing like a mental patient when that fly ball didn't fly far enough to be a home run in the 10th, giving Heath Bell his second blown save in two games? Showtime. Guillen dumping on Gaby? Showtime. Guillen on the team? Showtime. It's all Showtime and The Franchise. They don't want to give us a good team. They want to put on a circus for the rest of the country.

Glags

Not sure why he'd play LF. If you've got to have one defensive liability out there you keep Lomo in LF. The only logic to this is picking the lesser of two evils. I wouldn't be surprised if somehow the lingering injuries are far worse than reported. Either way, it seems to be too little too late. Plus they need a lot of pitching help since these arms are startling to look worn out. The hitting is starting to catch up but now the pitching is starting to fall apart. Go figure.

laurelbowie

Guillen and Cora were laughing at their own shocked reaction to that fly ball when it took off from the bat and in nervous relief once it was caught. I do the same thing — laugh in nervous relief — every morning when I wake up and realize I'm still here. So their laughter doesn't seem strange to me at all.

Stan M

Have no idea what tonights lineup will be. If Lee is there and playing, it will say a great deal about his intentions. If he takes whatever the union demands before reporting, that will also be meaningful. Hope everyone noticed who is picking up his salary. Hint...it ain't a chubby art dealer. As Lee is a DL waiting to happen, he has to return to the AL next year, so this is a 3 month rental.

Libertad!

Matt Dominguez (and, before him, Chris Volstad) were both rated as high first-round picks by scouts leaguewide. Perhaps the problem isn't in the evaluation but in the coaching and development they're receiving in the organization?

laurelbowie

The Marlins get a full four days off for the All-Star break and it couldn't come at a better time. I hope Stanton stays home and rests those "loose bodies" in his knee. It's been so long since I've a loose body anywhere that I'm actually kinda envious.
Don't know what Lee is like in the clubhouse, but maybe he'll be that "veteran presence" that seems so lacking with the Marlins. If he isn't, this deal actually makes little sense accept for the fact, as Stan M notes, he's virtually a freebie for the rest of this year.

laurelbowie

Ooops. Meant to say, it's been so long since I've HAD a loose body anywhere.

Leo Orestes Barberie

You guys know I always try to make the Bloggers happy---call them "Dear So and So" and everything. Since one person did not like my combo name of current Center Fielder "SCOTT" Cousins who took a lot of grief for his collission at home and first Center Fielder "POSE" who really never got a fair shot-----I am now going to go by Leo Orestes Barberie. Hopefully everyone--and I do mean the full 100% of everyone and not just the 99.9%---will understand that my posts do not emanate from a relief pitcher/1B/2B but rather from one individual who is neither of those people. Since one person thought I was actually trying to disguise myself as 2 center fielders, it might actually be necessary IF we wish not to aggravate anyone to quit facetiously using names that are not ours. I'm sure the guy who gave me "junk" probably is worried that the person who posts as "Samson" is causing a conflict in identity and that he may actually believe a member of Marlin management is posting on this site. Anyhow, I am now assuming the NEW name. I'm NOT a pitcher, 1B/2B.

Leo Orestes Barberie

Before I'm gone for the next 5 hours I do wish to state that I Still believe only BULLIES would single out people with absolutely NO ability to respond due to circumstances of marginality and BULLIES would NEVER aggressively address someone who has an advantage in power due to such things as a LONG term, expensive contract formulated and agreed to by Bully's bosses. Much safer to assail the Webbs, Cisheks and Anibals of the World than the "premiere" closer who has relegated this team to Palookaville--That was from On The Waterfront?

Patrick Capps

As an Astros fan, I must say: you folks in Miami got hosed on this deal. Carlos Lee is not the same player he was when we got him six years ago.

michael lee deanno

Leo..Trot on over to the broadcast booth in Durham and explain it to your pal Scott Pose.

Leo Orestes Barberie

Dear Michael, Let's hope that Chuckie Carr does not show up in Durham or Pose will get shafted once again. Wonder if K attends any Bull games? I can just see him going after the umpires. Of course he can't intimidate them like ACC officials.

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