Three days after deciding to nix a deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Astros veteran 1B Carlos Lee was traded this afternoon to the Miami Marlins for two prospects. Carlos Lee, known affectionately by his fans as "El Caballo", holds a limited no trade clause in his contract which allows him to veto a trade to 14 major league teams; unlike last week's situation with the Dodgers, it is unclear whether the Marlins were on Lee's list or if he decided to accept the trade.
In return, the Astros will receive minor leaguers 3B Matt Dominguez and LHP Rob Rasmussen. Dominguez, 23, has been hitting .234 with Seven homeruns and 46 RBIs at triple A New Orleans; Rasmussen, also 23, has pitched himself to a 4-7 record with a 3.90 ERA at Class A Jupiter. In five years with the Houston Astros, Lee hit .286 with 133 HR and 533 RBIs; this season, Lee has hit .286 with 5 HR and 29 RBIs. It is thought that Astros 1B Brett Wallace, 25, will now replace Lee at the major league level. In 2011, Wallace played 115 games at the MLB level and hit .259 with 5 HR and 29 RBI. Earlier this year, Wallace played in 11 games at the MLB level and hit .333 with 2 HR and 4 RBIs. At Triple A Oklahoma City this season, Wallace has hit .297 with 13 HR and 46 RBI.
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