Dodgers Interested in Trading for Carlos Lee?

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Not sure if Carlos Lee is the answer, but he is hitting better than Loney. Wonder if we do get him, what would happen to Loney.

Seeking more production from an offense that has gone quiet in the absence of Matt Kemp, and having lost all of a 7 1/2 �game lead in the NL West, the Los Angeles Dodgers were attempting to acquire Carlos Lee from the Houston Astros on Friday night.

Not the power threat he once was, Lee, 36, has five home runs and 29 RBI in 60 games for the Astros. He is, however, batting .291, has an on-base percentage of .344, and would be an upgrade at first base over James Loney, production-wise.

Lee has partial no-trade protection in his contract. He would have to agree to a trade to the Dodgers. The Astros likely would have to pick up a good portion of Lee's remaining salary. In the final year of his six-year, $100-million contract, Lee is due $18.5 million, about half of which remains. ... stros.html

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Dodgers pull plug on Lee deal after waiting two days for his approval

By Jon Heyman

The wait for Carlos Lee's approval had gone on long enough, so the Dodgers finally pulled the plug on the deal that would have sent the veteran slugger west to Los Angeles.

Sources say the Dodgers called off the deal earlier on Sunday. They were to send pitching prospect Garrett Gould to Houston for Lee in an attempt to bolster their offense, which has badly missed superstar Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier.

The deal was made Friday, and Lee was saying he was having trouble deciding. Perhaps the Dodgers took that as a hint. Lee is hitting .290 with five home runs, so he isn't exactly having a big power year, anyway.

The Dodgers are expected to continue to seek ways to upgrade their offense. First base and third base are two spots where they could use help.

There is no indication they have real interest in the Cubs' Alfonso Soriano, who is on the block. Not many great offensive options are available, but the Cubs have a few, including All-Star Bryan LaHair.

The Dodgers, major players with their new ownership team, are also expected to try to add a starting pitcher, and Ryan Dempster is a candidate for them once he comes off the disabled list.

The Astros have been trying to trade Lee since the winter but are hampered by his 14-team no-trade list which includes mostly major-market teams. He originally signed with the Astros partly because he has a cattle ranch near Houston, and has shown no desire to leave. He opted for the Astros over the Giants despite San Francisco offering more than the $100-million, six-year deal he signed in Houston. So he has never shown a great desire to play on the West Coast.

The Astros are telling teams they are willing to trade any of their players, though they'd have to be bowled over to consider trading emerging shortstop Jed Lowrie, who is close to untouchable. ... s-approval

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