August 3, 2012; Washington D. C., USA; Miami Marlins first baseman Carlos Lee (left) and first base coach Gary Thurman (right) smiles at the Washington Nationals bench during the game at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE
Even though the Miami Marlins were reportedly trying to unload first baseman Carlos Lee leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald says there’s an "outside chance" the veteran remains with the club beyond this season:
There’s an outside chance Carlos Lee could turn out to be more than just a second-half "rental" for the Marlins.
Lee is not only happy with the Marlins, but a source said his agent has spoken to the team about a possible return.
Lee told reporters that he likes the Marlins and playing in Miami, though he admitted that he doesn’t know what the team’s plans are beyond this season.
Lee said "it’s exciting to have guys in front of you, getting on base, stealing bases and creating opportunities." The 36-year-old has been able to cash in a lot of those opportunities, as he’s hit .469 with runners in scoring position since joining the Marlins.
While Lee may have interest in a return, it’s to be determined whether or not the Marlins share this interest. The club slashed payroll this summer and figures to do the same this off-season. Spencer also notes that the Marlins "are giving strong consideration to moving Logan Morrison to first base."
Should the Marlins retain Carlos Lee?