Carlos Lee Traded to the Marlins
Less than a week after Carlos Lee refused to give up his cowboy dreams for a move to the Los Angeles Dodgers, he has acquiesced and will now be donning the orange and blue and yellow and white and, for some reason, black of the Miami Marlins. I’m assuming it’s because Jeff Luhnow refused to speak with Carlos Lee until he gave into the trade.
With the Astros kicking in all but the pro-rated minimum of $250,000 for the rest of the season, they were able to extract some useful pieces for the Marlins. Coming over in the deal is one-time top prospect Matt Dominguez and future bullpen arm Rob Rasmussen. Which should be fun since when I searched for “Rasmussen,” I was given the Rasmussen Public Opinion reports, a service I never knew existed. I’m sure you’re eagerly awaiting how I will manage to use that in a future joke after Rasmussen gives up some untimely home run, right? Right?
For Dominguez, it’s a sign of how far his stock has dropped. Last year Dominguez was about to crack the opening day roster as the Marlins starting third baseman, with his glove and power potential making up for his otherwise lackluster offensive skills, before an injury waylaid those plans. A year removed, and Dominguez is now headed to be Chris Johnson’s backup despite Johnson ranking 14th in WAR out of 17 qualified third basemen. Of course, Dominguez is only 22 and could further develop, making this the perfect type of deal for the Astros and further erasing the damage done at the end of the Drayton McLane era.
For the Marlins, they’ll get a former outfielder now trapped at first base, though one who is an immediate upgrade over the .202/.250/.306 line that Gaby Sanchez had given them this season. While Lee is certainly on the downside of his career, and his power left him before he arrived in Miami’s spacious ballpark, it’s a move that may help keep the Marlins in contention while they contemplate how they want to approach the July 31 trading deadline. There are much worse ways to spend $250,000.