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Report: Carlos Lee turned down a trade to the Yankees

Jul 31, 2012, 6:06 PM EDT

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The Marlins got Carlos Lee from the Astros because he didn’t want to go to a contender in Los Angeles. Now they’re stuck with him because he didn’t want to join the Yankees, two sources told’s Jayson Stark.

Lee presumably would have been picked up by the Yankees in lieu of Casey McGehee, who was acquired from the Pirates for Chad Qualls just before the trade deadline. McGehee offers extra versatility by virtue of being able to play third base, whereas Lee would have given the Yankees a more consistent bat as a first base and DH option while they try to cover for their injuries.

It will be interesting to see if the Marlins just go ahead and release Lee at some point. The Astros are already on the hook for most of his salary, so there’s little financial incentive for keeping him. Of course, with Gaby Sanchez gone and Logan Morrison on the disabled list, the Marlins still have use for the warm body at the moment.

Lee has hit .271/.388/.343 with one homer and 12 RBI in 21 games since joining the Marlins last month. Overall, he’s at .284/.348/.396 with six homers and 41 RBI in 328 at-bats for the year.

  1. lew24 - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    Sometimes the best trades are the ones that don’t get completed! The Dodgers and Yankees are very lucky not to have him.

  2. yankeesgameday - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    Consider thus a bullet dodged. Lee would have been like when the Yanks signed Canseco. Color me happy.

    • ezthinking - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:20 PM

      World Champions?

  3. doctorfootball - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    As a Yankees fan, I have no problem with Lee’s decision. These guys play for a long time to earn their 10/5 rights. And before they do, teams can pretty much trade fume anywhere at anytime. So Lee has every right to lick and choose where he does and doesn’t want to go. Anyway, even though I like Lee’s bat much more than McGehee’s, I do like McGehee’s ability to play third even more. Especially considering that Chavez really can’t be a full time 3rd basemen at this point in his career.

    • uyf1950 - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:30 PM

      I could very well be wrong but I believe once Lee was traded from the Astros to the Marlins he no longer qualified as a 10/5 player. He probably had a “no trade clause” in his contract.

      • Matthew Pouliot - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:37 PM

        Yeah, Lee had an odd contract with Houston in which he actually gave up his 10-5 rights in exchange for a full no-trade early on and a partial no-trade at the end of the deal. The Dodgers and Yankees were on his no-trade and the Marlins weren’t. Since the contract carried over following the trade, he was still able to block the deal to the Yankees.

    • doctorfootball - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:03 PM

      Ahh…my bad. Thanks for clearing that up guys

      • ezthinking - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:22 PM

        At least under the old CBA, if you’re traded during a multi-year contract, you can’t be traded again in the same season without the player’s approval. Not sure if there is anything different in the final season of the deal, can’t see how it would be.

    • deathmonkey41 - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:33 PM

      I just kind of question why he wouldn’t want to get traded to a contender and get in a playoff race. Apparently he’s content with playing for losers- says something about him.

      • tomboyq - Aug 1, 2012 at 4:29 AM

        It comes down to money. Cali income tax would have cost him $900k. NY probably similar.

  4. exibitsman - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    he didn’t want to go to the Yankee. This Guy is extremely overweight. lazy punk. who has a million’s of dollars in his bank and does not Care about anyone. but himself.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

    • pisano - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:11 PM

      Too bad the Red Sox didn’t get him, he sounds like he’d fit in with most of that team.

    • Old Gator - Jul 31, 2012 at 8:34 PM

      Exibitsman, you’re a blowhard and a moron and you don’t know Carlos Lee from a hole in the wall – or the one in your head. You’re just parroting a sound bite that you think plants you on top of some idiotic pedestal. He’s a veteran near the end of his career who has earned his trade control rights, and has businesses and family in Texas and he’s as far away from as he wants to get. And that’s it. Who else is he supposed to “care about,” anyway – the employers with whom he negotiated his contract? He’s played well for the Marlins and he played well for the Astros, and that’s all he “owes” anybody.

  5. uyf1950 - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    I seriously doubt Lee was a priority for the Yankees during this deadline. He’s making $18.5MM this year so that means he’s still probably owed at least $9MM of that total. No way the Yankees would have taken him unless the Marlins would have been willing to eat at least $7 to $8MM of that number.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:58 PM

      The contract is already eaten. The Astros paid most of it when they sent him to the Fish.

      • snowbirdgothic - Aug 1, 2012 at 12:31 AM

        In a comments section? Weird.

  6. hittfamily - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    Make him play catcher. I’d like to see teams punish players who do this. While I see nothing wrong with what Lee and Dempster did, I’d still like to see their bosses move their offices to the proverbial closet.

    After a few days of playing catcher, how long til Lee starts saying he will burn the place down, and asking Nordberg for his red stapler back.

    • turdfurgerson68 - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:05 PM

      re: hittfamily

      “Make him play catcher” ???

      You’re an idiot…

    • hittfamily - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:34 PM

      Why? If I have an opportunity to improve my business, and a contracted employee hinders that, I don’t reward him with an “Okay, no hard feelings” approach. That employee gets coffee for everyone everyday, cleans the wastebaskets everyday, and uses an IBM 386. Since Carlos Lee can’t do any of those, he now becomes my bullpen catcher. If he doesn’t like it, I void his contract.

      • kicksave1980 - Jul 31, 2012 at 8:29 PM

        Since people don’t like working for people who have god complexes, I don’t think you’d have to worry about it for very long, because no one would want to work for you. People like you are exactly why labor laws, CBA’s, and organized workforces were created and are needed.

        Also, what YOU would do has nothing to do with this. Carlos Lee has a contract and is a tenured MLB player. You’re at the mercy of the CBA, which means…you can’t really do anything about it. Send him home, which I’m sure he wouldn’t mind if he were playing for you, but you’re still signing his paycheck every week.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Jul 31, 2012 at 8:51 PM

        His contract allows for him to not have to accept that trade. That’s the risk the Marlins took on when they aquired him. And yes your opinion on this topic is idiotic if not just plain stupid.

      • hittfamily - Jul 31, 2012 at 9:28 PM

        His contract allows him to catch everyday too. I didn’t say make him clean the toilets.

      • hittfamily - Jul 31, 2012 at 9:33 PM

        And go fuck yourself with “people like you” “labor laws” arguement. Labor laws came about because of hundreds of women and girls dying in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, and hundreds being maimed and killed in meat packing plants. Not because a tenured employee executes their tenure, and hurts the company in doing so.

        You are fucking ignorant to compare this situation to why labor laws came about!

      • brewcrewfan54 - Jul 31, 2012 at 9:39 PM

        I don’t know what the MLB CBA says about most thing but I’m pretty sure there’s something in there about being made to play a field position you are not accustomed to. And your opinion still sucks.

      • kicksave1980 - Jul 31, 2012 at 10:04 PM

        @Hittfamily – You’re proving my point for me…thanks. Do you have a picture of Napoleon hanging in your office? Because you seem to have that complex.

        And I’ve sat in and helped negotiate (non-sports) CBA’s on the labor side on multiple occasions. I’m quite aware of the history of organized labor in this country. And yes, people with the attitude that you’re exhibiting here are one major reasons why there’s a huge divide between management and labor in this day and age. But please, continue to educate me.

        Tenured employees flexing their tenure, and hurting the company in the process? They’ve earned that tenure.

    • raysfan1 - Jul 31, 2012 at 10:59 PM

      You forgot to say you meant bullpen catcher in your first post, would’ve made more sense. Still, I’m someone who grew up with Johnny Bench as my baseball hero, so I always played catcher by preference and did find your using it as a sort of baseball Siberia somewhat irritating.

    • Bryz - Aug 1, 2012 at 12:43 AM

      And your punishment will be to have staplers thrown at you for forgetting that the guy’s name in “Office Space” is Lumbergh and not Nordberg.

  7. chucklewis13 - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Could someone please tell me why a MLB player would rather play in purgatory than go to a team that has an outstanding chance of not only making the playoffs but going to the world series ? Only a maniacal, egoistical and self-absorbed twit would prefer to live in hell than escape the clutches of Faust to player for a winner—Carlos Lee—you have earned the right to be an idiot.

    • ezthinking - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:27 PM

      Family, PT, personalities, comfort, teammates, hates the other team/players, and on and on.

      Why do you work where you do? What would it mean to you to leave? Why would you chose not to move when you know your salary will not change? (I know there’s post season $).

      Players aren’t necessarily any different than anyone else.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Jul 31, 2012 at 8:55 PM

        There you go making sense. Be careful, a lot of people here don’t like that.

  8. matt20hew - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    Reblogged this on Today's News.

    • raysfan1 - Jul 31, 2012 at 11:02 PM

      Nobody cares and nobody is following your link. If you had anything pertinent to say, you would say it here. Since you don’t, do everyone a favor and go away.

      • drewsylvania - Jul 31, 2012 at 11:24 PM

        Yeah, but why support NBC above a random blogger, given the BS they perpetuate?

  9. richieranger - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Guess he likes losing……..

    • Old Gator - Jul 31, 2012 at 8:42 PM

      No, he’s played his ass off for a nice long career, put up numbers that earned him the contractual control he enjoys, likes being as close to his family and cattle businesses as possible, and he comfortable where he is. And chances are he’s also learned during that time that there are more meaningful and important things in life than “winning” if it means playing someplace in which you’re not happy living – big congested urbs like LA or New York, for example. As long as he goes out every day and plays hard – which he does – you’ve got no right to criticize him. He’s worked a lot harder over his career for the right to make his choices than you have to question them.

      • raysfan1 - Jul 31, 2012 at 11:08 PM

        Oh, he has the right, he’s just forgetting his Abraham Lincoln–“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”

  10. exibitsman - Jul 31, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    old gator. Carlos Lee is just another selfish ballplayer who’s made millions of dollars and never won a championship he’s a overweight and lazy. its a team sport. Not a me sport.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Jul 31, 2012 at 8:58 PM

      Just stop.

    • Old Gator - Jul 31, 2012 at 9:03 PM

      Well thanks for belaboring the obvious for me. Poor obvious. It’s taken quite a beating today. He has no obligation whatsoever beyond going out and putting in an honest effort, which he clearly does. He wasn’t put on Earth to inconvenience himself enough to live up to your infantile and naive expectations of him. The “team sport” you’re talking about with the wide eyed sentimentality of a ten year old is also a business with management, labor and all the legal and economic paraphernalia that term implies. Lee played this “team sport” well enough for enough years to earn rewards and privileges for his service. There is a natural progression within the game whereby accomplishment gets rewarded with a privileged increase in the “me” factor as the years and stats accumulate. It’s built into the game and both the ownership and the ballplayers have agreed on those terms and signed off on them. Now he chooses to exercise his hard earned rights. Too damned bad about you. Grow up.

  11. gnrfan8804 - Jul 31, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    your right, it is a team game. but how does it make him selfish that he blocked the trade? is he not a team player because of it? maybe he wants to stay in miami. hes still gonna go out and play every night.maybe he didnt want to play for a third different team. maybe he hates the yankees like so many people do and would never wanna play there. personally, id prefer players stay faithful to a team and do what they to make them a winner over players who take millions to play for another team only for the money. or players who demand trades to ‘better’ teams

  12. rickyspanish - Aug 1, 2012 at 12:50 AM

    I learned two things reading through these comments, Carlos Lee is polarizing and he owns a cattle farm. I find the cattle farm more interesting.

  13. realgone2 - Aug 1, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Cattle farm. I want a steak now.

  14. ralphrc - Aug 1, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    He sucks anyway.

  15. freeagentsignee - Aug 2, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    With respect, are you nuts Carlos!

    • freeagentsignee - Aug 2, 2012 at 11:09 PM


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