The slumping Miami Marlins finally got the big hitter they had been seeking, as they acquired Houston Astros slugger and first baseman Carlos Lee from the Houston Astros on Wednesday.
In return, the Astros receive a pair of promising prospects, third baseman Matt Dominguez and left-handed pitcher Rob Rasmussen.
Lee, 36, is batting .287 but has struggled with power, having just five home runs and only 29 RBI in 65 game appearances this season. But a change of scenery could cause his bat to pick up in the power department.
The deal was apparently made during Wednesday's road game for the Astros, who were visiting the Pittsburgh Pirates. Lee, who had spent over five seasons with the Astros, was pulled from the game in the seventh inning by Houston manager Brad Mills in what would eventually wind up being a 6-4 Astros loss to the host Pirates.
By the time the game ended and the media was allowed into the locker room, Lee and his belongings were long-gone, apparently with him heading to meet the Marlins.
Miami has seemingly been desperate for power hitting as it hopes to turn things around heading into the second half of the season. A right-handed hitter, Lee gives Miami both a veteran player and power swinger.
Plus as an added bonus, his ability to play first base every day will likely help shore up weakness at that position, where current first baseman Gaby Sanchez has been struggling at the plate, batting just .194 with two home runs and only 16 RBI.