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The Astros are eating all but $250K of Carlos Lee’s deal

Jul 5, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

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One would assume that the Astros had to eat a lot of money in order to trade Carlos Lee. And ate it they did. Almost all of it. Jon Heyman reports that the Marlins are only playing the pro-rated minimum salary for Lee for the remainder of the season, leaving Houston on the hook for around all $9 million that is left.

Houston is getting Matt Dominguez and Rob Rasmussen so it wasn’t a mere salary dump, but the fact is that almost no salary is being dumped at all.

  1. heyblueyoustink - Jul 5, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    “The Astros are eating all but $250K of Carlos Lee’s deal”

    That’s nothing, you should see El Cabayo at the House of Gravy. *That’s eating.*

    • ajcardsfan - Jul 5, 2012 at 12:51 PM

      The Astros are bringing a new meaning to, “I’m so hungry I could eat a horse”

  2. redguy12588 - Jul 5, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    Surprised the suddenly money flush Marlins didn’t take on salary so they could keep their prospects. I guess the attendance spike is more of an attendance bump.

    • paperlions - Jul 5, 2012 at 12:57 PM

      Considering the apparent temporary nature of that bump….blip is probably more accurate.

      • Old Gator - Jul 5, 2012 at 2:44 PM

        The Fees were in the mid-thirties for the last weekend of their homestand. Considering that it’s only a 37,000 seat stadium, that’s a bump that would drive your head through the sunroof at anything over 40MPH.

        Neither one of the prospects the Feesh unloaded counted for much in their future. Matt Dominguez has been a bust at the plate and didn’t figure to be more than a late inning defensive replacement for the Hanster if they brought him up at all. Rasmussen didn’t figure as much more than an OK middle reliever looking ahead, either. Both were high draft picks who didn’t live up to, or who gave signs of not living up to, original expectations. The Feesh negotiated a smart deal for themselves: a replacement for Gaby Sanchez at first for a pretty good glove with about ninety points of BA to the plus. Nothing about this deal reflects in any direct or revelatory way upon this season’s attendance – nor for next, since (a) Lee almost certainly won’t re-sign with the Feesh and (b) they’re still on the hook for Gaby’s salary for the next two years anyway.

  3. kkolchak - Jul 5, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    “The Astros are eating all but $250K of Carlos Lee’s deal”

    Yeah, but how much is Lee himself eating these days?

  4. annaalamode - Jul 5, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    You know it’s time to retire when a team pays you 8 million dollars NOT to play for you.

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