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Carlos Lee Motivated, Working Hard At Astros Camp

One more year. That's all we have left for hearing these stories about Carlos Lee, about how he's working hard and all that. One more year.

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I like that he's putting in extra work, because age is sure to take its toll on his numbers this season. That being said, he could still be the most productive hitter in this year's lineup, depending on how some of the young kids progress.

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But, maybe what Jeff Luhnow is doing here is more subtle. Maybe he's just trying to bait a team like Philadelphia into trading for Lee to shore up their possibly shaky first base situation. After all. Jimmy Rollins says Ryan Howard may miss the entire season. Jimmy Rollins isn't a doctor, but he did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.

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Still, I can't let my hopes get too high. Every time I do that about Carlos Lee trades, I get them dashed right back down to earth, while players like Lance Berkman and Roy Oswalt dance their merry ways out of town.

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