HOUSTON, TX - JUNE 18: Carlos Lee #45 of the Houston Astros flips his bat after striking out in the eighth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Minute Maid Park on June 18, 2012 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
The Dodgers nixed the deal because they were tired of waiting for Lee to decide whether or not he would waive his no-trade clause, according to McTaggert's sources:
Lee said following Sunday's game against the Cubs that he still hadn't made a decision on whether to accept the trade, though several of his teammates believe the slugger wanted to stay with the Astros.
Astros GM Jeff Luhnow informed Lee on Saturday that terms with the Dodgers had been agreed to and that completion of the deal rested squarely on Lee's willingness to waive his no-trade clause.
The 36-year-old had a closed door meeting with Astros manager Brad Mills prior to Sunday's match-up to discuss the deal, but Lee's presence with the club on it's way to Pittsburgh following the game made clear that he had not approved the trade.
Lee is hitting .285/.337/.405 with five home runs in 62 games this season.
Were the Dodgers right to pull their offer to Lee?