Carlos Lee to the Dodgers?
By Richard Janvrin-MLB Rumors Analyst
Within the past 24 hours, the Dodgers have been in serious conversation with the Houston Astros about acquiring Carlos Lee, according to Buster Olney (via twitter). The deal would include Dodgers, young, pitching prospect Garrett Gould. Gould, who plays for the Dodgers Class A Advanced California League, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, has struggled mightily this season going 1-6 with a 5.13 ERA, pitching 72 innings and striking out 72. He is the Dodgers sixth ranked prospect. With acquiring Lee, the Dodgers, unless the Astros decide to pay some of his money owed, would owe Lee approximately $9MM for the rest of the 2012 campaign. Carlos Lee, who would be an IMMEDIATE upgrade from incumbent first baseman, James Loney has posted a line this year of .290/.342/.412 with 5 home runs and 29 RBI. The deal is being held up due to Carlos Lee, who has a no-trade clause in his contract, has the Dodgers as one of the teams on his no-trade clause. Carlos Lee possesses a reasonable line at Dodgers Stadium. He’s played 32 games in his career at Dodgers Stadium and has posted a line of .270/.331/.451 with 5 home runs and 21 RBI. The deal falls on Lee’s shoulders now. He chooses whether or not to be dealt. The Dodgers are contending and the Astros are not, and won’t be for probably for likely another 5+ years.
UPDATE: According to Buster Olney (via Twitter), Carlos Lee has reportedly and repeatedly told the Astros he will not waive his no-trade clause and go to the Dodgers.