HOUSTON - APRIL 11: Carlos Lee #45 of the Houston Astros reacts after being called out on strikes in the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Minute Maid Park on April 11, 2012 in Houston, Texas. Lee thought he had foul tipped the ball. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Carlos Lee Traded To Miami For Two Prospects

Lee agreed to head to Miami, and in exchange, the Astros picked up a pair of prospects from the Marlins.

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Carlos Lee Traded: Astros 'Good Where They Are'

Astros fans gave a sigh of relief when the team traded Carlos Lee to the Miami Marlins on Wednesday, closing another chapter on the good ole days that were actually few and far in between.

Lee, who gets a bad rap in Houston but actually performed well while here for the most part, was traded to the Marlins on Wednesday for a pair of minor league prospects, just a few days after preventing a deal that would have sent him to the Dodgers.

Here were some of the comments he gave to MLB.com:

"I'm OK with everything. I have no regrets. Houston is a great city and there's a lot of good people there. I had a great time there, and from now on I wish them the best. Hopefully they get started again and rebuild for the future and have an opportunity to win again."

"I always did my best and have a lot of respect for the game. I respect the game. This game has been very good to me and when you respect the game you have to do it right. I did nothing but my best there. I had great years there and since the first day I got there I went down a little bit, but one of my worst years was last year and I still drove in 94 runs. I have no complaints."

In return for Lee, the Stros get third baseman Matt Dominguez and left-hander Rob Rasmussen. Dominguez reports to the Astros in Pittsburgh on Thursday, while Rasmuseen heads to Double-A Corpus Christi, as it was noted on Wednesday after the trade.

This is a deal that should work out for both parties, since the Stros have been looking to rebuild for the last couple of years, and the Marlins are one of the few teams in the league looking for hitting production from first base.

It is unclear how much Dominguez and Rasmussen, both 23, will contribute to the Stros' future. But neither of them have spectacular minor league numbers.

Other players that could be on the trading block include Wandy Rodriguez, Brett Myers and Jed Lowrie. General manager Jeff Luhnow says more conversations about certain players are sure to come.

"We're going to continue to have dialogue with other clubs throughout the month of July, and if we feel there's another win-win deal out there, we won't hesitate to consider it," Luhnow said. "But at this point we feel good where we are."

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Houston Astros Trade Carlos Lee To Miami Marlins For Matt Dominguez, Rob Rasmussen

The Houston Astros and Miami Marlins have completed a trade that sends first baseman Carlos Lee to Miami in exchange for two prospects, third baseman Matt Dominguez and left handed starter Rob Rasmussen, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.

According to Olney's initial report, the Astros were to eat a significant portion of Lee's remaining nine million dollars owed this year. As a consequence, the Astros received two decent prospects, as opposed to organizational fodder.

Rasmussen was a second round pick by the Marlins in 2010. The 23 year old southpaw has made 16 starts this year in AA, with a 4-7 record, 3.90 ERA and .250 BAA. In 87 and 2/3 innings, Rasmussen has struck out 75 and walked 36 batters.

Dominguez will turn 23 in August, and is a glove-first third base prospect. He has struggled mightily in AAA this year, with a .234/.291/.357 batting line. A change of scenery might do Dominguez well, and the Astros will try to get his bat to a respectable level.

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Astros Trade Rumors: Carlos Lee, Wandy Rodriguez, Jed Lowrie Among Houston 'Assets'

The Astros could be making some moves before the trade deadline at the end of the month. But who is it going to be?

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MLB Trade Rumors: Jed Lowrie Could Be Headed To Pittsburgh Pirates

We know Carlos Lee isn't headed to the Dodgers, but there are reports of Jed Lowrie possibly being traded within the division. Phil Rogers of Tribune Newspapers doesn't cite any sources but says the Pirates are a "likely trading partner."

Shortstop Jed Lowrie has been a huge surprise for the Astros but could be dealt within the NL Central. The Pirates are a likely trading partner. ...

Lowrie is hitting .257 with 14 home runs and 33 RBIs this season. He only has one hit in his last 16 at bats, but homered in the Astros' 5-3 win over the Padres on June 26.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Jed Lowrie Could Be Headed To Pittsburgh Pirates

We know Carlos Lee isn't headed to the Dodgers, but there are reports of Jed Lowrie possibly being traded within the division. Phil Rogers of Tribune Newspapers doesn't cite any sources but says the Pirates are a "likely trading partner."

Shortstop Jed Lowrie has been a huge surprise for the Astros but could be dealt within the NL Central. The Pirates are a likely trading partner. ...

Lowrie is hitting .257 with 14 home runs and 33 RBIs this season. He only has one hit in his last 16 at bats, but homered in the Astros' 5-3 win over the Padres on June 26.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Dodgers Decide To No Longer Pursue Astros Carlos Lee

The Los Angeles Dodgers have officially pulled out of trying to acquire the Astros first baseman Carlos Lee, according to Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal. The Dodgers have been trying to acquire Lee over the past few days, but Lee has a limited no-trade clause which includes the Dodgers.

Lee went back-and-forth saying that he would no lift his no-trade clause, and he also said that he would consider going to the Dodgers. The Dodgers likely just got tired of trying to work out a way to acquire Lee which is the likely reason they decided to move on.

The Astros can still try to trade Lee since there are 15 teams that do not acquire Lee's approval.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Carlos Lee Not Likely To Waive No-Trade Clause

The Houston Astros had been discussing a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers that would have sent Carlos Lee west. However, ESPN's Buster Olney is reporting that Lee has not changed his mind and isn't likely to waive his no-trade clause which will effectively kill the proposed deal.

While the Dodgers offered Lee a chance to step into a competitive situation he is very comfortable in Houston and is in no hurry to leave no matter how far out of the race Houston is. The Dodgers were looking to add a bat after an injury has sidelined slugger Matt Kemp.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Carlos Lee Considering Waiving No-Trade Clause

The Los Angeles Dodgers are interested in trading for him. The Houston Astros are interested in dealing him. But Carlos Lee has all of the power due to a no-trade clause that he'd have to waive in order for anything to happen between these two teams.

It was initially reported that Lee was interested in being moved, but those reports then morphed into Lee having no intention of waiving his no-trade because of how deep his roots are in Houston. But according to ESPN, Lee is said to be interested in hearing what else might be out there for him:

When Lee arrived at Wrigley Field for a game against the Cubs on Saturday, he said, according to MLB.com: "I met with Jeff this morning and he told me what's going on and let's see what happens."

"I just told Jeff I want to see my options. I just want to wait and see what my options are," Lee added.

Lee is in the final year of a six-year, $100 million dollar deal and the Astros are currently in fifth place in the NL Central while the Dodgers are in second place in the NL West.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Carlos Lee Won't Waive No-Trade Clause

After the Los Angeles Dodgers made a trade offer to the Houston Astros for longtime slugger Carlos Lee, the 36-year-old reportedly was mulling over his options.

Now, it appears Lee once again has vetoed the trade, according to Buster Olney of ESPN via twitter.

It was expected that Lee might agree to this deal, considering the plight of the Astros and the Dodgers being a very competitive team. However, Lee loves where he is and perhaps it will take a little more pushing and prodding to get him to leave town.

The Dodgers are desperate for a bat in the lineup with any kind of thunder, especially with both Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier on the mend. Houston wants to trade Lee for obvious reasons, the chief among them being the need to stockpile young talent for the future.

Lee is scheduled to become a free agent after this season, which might give the Astros some leverage if they start benching him in favor of younger players.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Carlos Lee Thinking About Accepting Dodgers Offer

After turning down multiple trade offers thanks to his vetoing power, longtime Houston Astros standout Carlos Lee might finally accept a deal.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are interesting in trading for him according to multiple sources, including Brian McTaggart via twitter.

Lee, 36, is still a very productive player and has shown that this season, hitting .290 with five home runs and 29 RBI thus far. The Dodgers are in the midst of an epic scoring drought, which has seen then get shutout four of the last five games. With Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier on the shelf, Los Angeles is desperate for some punch in it's lineup.

For Houston a deal would make all the sense in the world. While it would obviously be a short term hit, the Astros need to focus on the future and move on from the past. Lee is a wonderful player and has meant plenty to the organization, but he will be long gone when this team is competitive again.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Los Angeles Dodgers Interested In Carlos Lee, Jed Lowrie

Carlos Lee could be headed to the Dodgers soon, as Los Angeles is interested in the first baseman.

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