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Carlos Lee is a guy who has needed a change of scenery for a while now. Honestly, if any team needs to flip veterans in exchange for some prospects, it’s the Houston Astros.
Lee’s 2012 salary certainly leaves a bad taste in your mouth. He’s set to make $18.5 million this season.
It would be tough for the Astros to trade that gigantic contract strapped to an aging veteran (Lee is 35 years old).
Nevertheless, there are always teams out there who are desperate to add a bat to their lineup. In addition, the Astros could agree to pay a portion of his contract in a possible trade to get value for a guy in the final year of his contract.
If a team could add “El Caballo” this year and re-structure his contract to be more favorable business-wise into the future, that team may pull the trigger.
Although Lee’s numbers have been on the decline for a few years now, he’s still a player who can pop 20 homers while knocking in 90+ runs. He may fit better in the American League, where he could become a DH, but there are a lot of National League teams looking for offensive help.
Possible Landing Spots:
Washington Nationals, Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians