Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - The Miami Marlins acquired veteran slugger
Carlos Lee in a trade with the Houston Astros on Wednesday.
The Astros received infielder Matt Dominquez and pitcher Rob Rasmussen in
return for the 36-year-old Lee, who was replaced in the field in the seventh
inning of Wednesday's 6-4 loss at Pittsburgh. The Marlins also received cash
in the deal.
Lee was hitting .287 with five homers, 29 RBI and a .336 on-base percentage
for the Astros this season. He has 354 career home runs for the White Sox,
Brewers, Rangers and Astros.
The Astros made the move primarily because Lee was in the final season of a
six-year, $100 million contract with the Astros. His salary this year is $18.5
"Carlos has been an important part of our team and our community in Houston
for almost six seasons and he will be missed," Astros general manager Jeff
Luhnow said. "We made this move with an eye towards the future, and are very
excited about adding Dominguez and Rasmussen to our talent base. Both players
have a bright future."
The 21-year-old Dominguez was the 12th overall pick in the 2007 First-Year
Player draft and was hitting .234 with seven home runs and 46 RBI for Triple-A
Rasmussen, 22, was 4-7 with a 3.90 earned run average in 16 starts for Single-
Dominguez will report to the Astros on Thursday, while Rasmussen joins the
squad at Double-A Corpus Christi.
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