Carlos Lee Should Garner Plenty Of Interest For Houston Astros At Trade Deadline

HOUSTON - APRIL 05: Carlos Lee #45 of the Houston Astros hits the ball against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Minute Maid Park on April 5, 2010 in Houston, Texas. The Giants defeated the Astros 5-2. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Teams looking for a bat at the trade deadline could be calling the Astros for Carlos Lee.

Through all of the changes that the Houston Astros roster has undergone over the past few seasons the one constant has been Carlos Lee.

If teams are looking for a power bat, Lee could be at the top of their list, but a trade decision could lie in the outfielder's hands, according to Boston.com.

We mention him as trade bait, but to whom? With Matt Kemp missing a month, the Dodgers need power. One issue, however, is that Lee has always had West Coast teams on his no-trade list. Whether that’s changed and he now has the incentive to play for a contender, who knows? Lee has been extremely comfortable in Houston. At times, too comfortable.

Lee is a free agent at the end of the season and will turn 36 years old this month.

For more on the Astros, be sure to check out the Crawfish Boxes, and for more on the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft, head on over to Minor League Ball.

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