Marlins Welcome “El Caballo” to Miami

The Miami Marlins acquired a big bat by the name of Carlos Lee before the trade deadline. Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria made comments recently about wanting to be aggressive and make an acquisition via trade. The franchise made good on his words pulled the trigger, trading minor league prospects Matt Dominguez and Rob Rasmussen and receiving “El Caballo” in return. Lee is in the final year of his 9-year contract with the Houston Astros. Houston will absorb the $9 million Lee is due this year and the Marlins will pay the minimum salary of $250,000. Miami is getting a veteran bat costing them close to nothing.

Carlos Lee is a 36 year old veteran first baseman. Lee was hitting .287 with 5 HR and 29 RBI’s before bringing his talents down to South Beach. First base is a position that has been very lackluster for the Marlins this season. Coming off of an all-star season last year, incumbent first baseman Gaby Sanchez has been mediocre at best thus far. He was optioned to triple-A once already this season to try and break him out of this slump but to no avail. Sanchez continued his poor play. When speaking about the trade, Marlins manager Ozzie 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.” The bottom line is that the Marlins are built to win now and do not have the luxury of waiting for Gaby Sanchez to come around. His below average play forced the franchise to explore other options. That option is Carlos Lee.

To shed some light on how little production the Marlins have gotten from first base, here are some stats before the acquisition of Carlos Lee.

MLB

RANK

BA

.206

28th

OBP

.261

LAST

OPS

.565

LAST

HR

5

28th

RBI

30

T-27th

RUNS

23

Last

The stats speak for themselves. In a previous article, I stated that the Marlins need help at first base and at catcher. They have addressed one of those needs. As for the fate of Gaby Sanchez, he was optioned back down to triple-A. It is still unclear what the Marlins intentions are for him but a trade seems likely. Had they traded him in the offseason they would’ve gotten decent value in return. Right now, they won’t get much for him.

In his debut, Lee went 2 for 4 with a double. He also scored a run. The Miami Marlins defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 4-0. Lee started at first base and hit 3rd in the lineup behind Hanley Ramirez. With the Marlins, Lee will have plenty of opportunities to drive runs in. The Fish like to steal bases to put runners in scoring position. Once they get speedster Emilio Bonifacio back from injury, they will have more speed at the top of the lineup. If Lee stays in the 3rd spot he will also have the luxury of Giancarlo Stanton hitting behind him, protecting him. For that reason alone, Lee will see pitches to hit. Time will tell if this trade pays off for the Marlins, but much like the Carlos Zambrano trade it’s a “low-risk high-reward” situation. One thing is certain; the front office is dedicated to winning.

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  1. Reblogged this on Walkin' and Talkin' Tribe.

    July 5, 2012 at 11:36 pm

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