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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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