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Lee's future with the Marlins


08:13 AM ET 08.10 | Perhaps Carlos Lee will turn out to be more than a mere rental in Miami. Lee is not only happy with the Marlins, but a source said his agent has spoken to the team about a possible return. "I like this team," Lee said. "I don't know what their plans are, but I like it here." The 36-year-old first baseman is set to become a free agent after the season, and the Marlins are giving strong consideration to moving Logan Morrison to first base. But Lee has produced exactly as the Marlins envisioned when they acquired him in a July 4 trade with Houston. Since joining the Marlins, Lee has hit .469 (15 for 32) with runners in scoring position. His 22 RBI since the All-Star break is the fourth-highest total in the National League.

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August 10, 2012  09:00 AM ET

I see him as a DH for some AL club next year. Orioles, Rays?

August 10, 2012  09:12 AM ET

Lee is a liability at 1B and the OF. For a guy with no homerun punch and a .270-.280 average -- forget the sudden surge of RBIs -- I just don't see the Marlins keeping him. And I'm not sure there is an AL team that needs him at DH (unless the Rays come up empty in their never-ending search for a reliable run-producer at DH). Nice guy -- by all accounts -- but a marginal player as he ends a nice career.

August 10, 2012  09:37 AM ET

We won't have Lee to kick around much longer. But Ozzie's picture still gets a lot of air time on FN.

August 10, 2012  09:44 AM ET

If I am the Marlins there is know way I am signing Lee because of his age and probably his high contract demands. I would have two words for him SEE YOU.

August 10, 2012  11:33 AM ET

"I like this team," Lee said. "I don't know what their plans are, but I like it here..."

...on South Beach

August 10, 2012  11:37 AM ET

He has worked out for the Marlins, but to what end? He produces runs that don't matter for a team that's out of it.

If the Marlins brass has half a brain between them (HUGE ?), you move a healthy Logan Morrison to 1st next season, and move Ruggiano to left. That's an upgrade at both positions defensively, and if Ruggiano (who has batted like .380 this season) can even hit .290 next season, a huge upgrade offensively.

Now if only they could sign a good center fielder, any third baseman at all, a solid starting pitcher...and if Heath Bell could throw a strike....and if they had a catcher sniffing .190...


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