Marlins Live breaks down Miami’s acquisition of Carlos Lee
The Marlins acquired Lee, 36, from the Houston Astros for two minor-leaguers, third baseman Matt Dominguez and left-handed pitcher Rob Rasmussen. The Astros agreed to pick up the remaining $9 million, minus the pro-rated minimum, left on Lee’s contract. So far this season, Lee is hitting .286 with five homers.
Marlins general manager Michael Hill said the club also received cash considerations from Houston in the deal. ”We felt like it was a good time to infuse a veteran, professional, experienced bat into the lineup,” Hill said.
Sanchez hit his third homer in Wednesday’s 7-6, 10-inning victory over the Milwaukee Brewers, but it wasn’t enough. Hill said Sanchez had been optioned to Triple-A New Orleans.
”Unfortunately, first base has not been a productive position for us, and we’re looking to upgrade our offensive production at that position,” Hill said.
Marlins coach Ozzie Guillen provided a more harsh assessment of Sanchez’s play.
”It’s not easy, but that’s our job,” Guillen said. ”I don’t think he should be blaming anybody. He should blame himself. We gave Gaby a lot of opportunities. The reason they made this move (is) obvious. We’ve not had much production from him, and in Carlos, we hope we’ve got more production. People don’t make moves just to make moves.”
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