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The Marlins are trying to unload Carlos Lee

Jul 31, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT

Remember when the Marlins were buyers and traded for Carlos Lee? Wow, that seemed like ten years ago, didn’t it?  Well, it was less than a month ago and things change:

Fool someone in baseball to trade for Carlos Lee once, shame on you. Fool them twice …

Lee is hitting .271/.388/.343 since being traded to Miami on the Fourth of July. So I guess he’s not useless, but really, Miami isn’t getting diddly squat for him, assuming that anyone even wants him.

UPDATE: Bob Nightengale reports that if the Marlins don’t get any offers for Lee by 4pm today (they won’t), they’ll put him on waivers.

  1. braddavery - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Why did they even trade for him then.

    • psousa1 - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:01 PM

      I thought the same thing. Unless the Marlins were entering a pie eating contest I never understood why they traded for him.

  2. chill1184 - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    This is just full of epic lulz

  3. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    If diddly squat is the asking price, he might be a fill in for Teixeira should he needs to miss some time.

    The Yankees seem to be trying to assemble the ultimate early-aughts team (Ichiro, Andruw, Ibanez, Chavez plus the Yankees regulars), so Lee could help.

    • mattyflex - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:18 PM

      Diddly squat seems steep; I’d venture to say he’s more in the bupkis range.

  4. willclarkgameface - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Send him to Houston!

    • alonestartexan - Jul 31, 2012 at 2:35 PM

      Well… they are still paying most of his salary..

    • bradmoss1 - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:17 PM

      We locked the gate after he left.

  5. meadowlark89 - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    san fran needs a 1b

  6. - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    If there is one organization in baseball that could usrup the Royals in sillyness it’s the Marlins. However, the Marlins have 2 World Series Titles in the last 15 years. Meanwhile, Royals fans are still trying to hold onto a couple fleeting moments in an 83-80 2003 season. And for that the Marlins are not as silly as the Royals.

    Anyway, Good luck with trading Lee, Marlins.

  7. Old Gator - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    How soon we forget.

    The Feesh got Lee for next to nothing and he replaced a guy who was hitting a full hundred points lower, Gaby Sanchez.

    Part of the idea was that they were moving Tweeter to first base but wanted Lee around for the rest of the season to spell Tweeter’s bad knee. So, the knee flares up anyway and with its lactophobic owner decaying like a leftover banana pancake on the DL and the team riding down gravity’s rainbow to September 30, it sounds like they can’t think of any use for him. Lee was just a gap filler. I don’t know who or what else the Feesh plan to position at first base if they move him, and since they’re paying next to nothing for him anyway, what would be the point?

    • stex52 - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:39 PM

      Agree, OG, who plays there and why trade him? You are paying very little and he won’t get you anything. Meantime, he’s hitting pretty well and you are toast for this season.

      Send him back to Houston. With Johnson (Chris) gone, they can put him back on first and move Wallace to third. They are paying for him anyway. I’d throw in the entire Astros outfield as trade bait.

      Of course, for the slow guys around, that last paragraph was sarcasm.

  8. mf44srq - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Please send him to Tampa. We’ll send a bucket of fish and a useless middle infielder in exchange.

  9. spudatx - Jul 31, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    This trade confused me almost as much as when LAA went out and acquired Vernon Wells. I’d love to hear the Marlins defend the Carlos Lee Debacle. (Can we give it a cool name to refer to it by for eternity? I’ll propose “The Carlos Lee Debacle”. What do we call the Astros signing of Carlos Lee? That too needs a name.)

    • stex52 - Jul 31, 2012 at 3:05 PM

      Carlos gave the Astros exactly what they signed him for (with the exception of 2010, and even then he wasn’t terrible). It was never his fault that they signed him at a time when they should have been rebuilding. Average OPS+ over that time period was over 120, and > 100 RBI per year until they just couldn’t put people on base.

      He gave value on the dollar, don’t blame him because Astros’ management was stupid.

      As to the Marlins, he is almost free and they are finished. I think they should keep him to the end of the year.

    • Old Gator - Jul 31, 2012 at 3:08 PM

      What “debacle”? Maybe the Astros’ deal with him was, but in Macondo Lee is hitting a hundred points higher than the guy he replaced, was acquired for next to nothing, is a competent first baseman, Houston is paying all but the prorated share of the league minimum salary and Lee has been working with some of the younger ballplayers on the team, who appreciate the veteran’s knowledge of pitchers around the league and his solid baseball instincts.

      Your standard for “debacles” is much too low. And if you were “as confused” by the Lee deal as you were by the Wells deal, your standard for confusion is right down there with it.

  10. harrysatchel - Jul 31, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    My money is on Pittsburgh picking him up.

    • harrysatchel - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:23 PM

      I knew McGhee would be gone, but I didn’t expect the Pirates to trade for Gaby Sanchez of the Marlins. Probably just came down to price.

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