Posted: Jul 5, 2012 10:18 AM
MIAMI - The Miami Marlins are hoping they've added some much needed pop to their line-up by acquiring Carlos Lee from Houston in exchange for a pair of prospects.
The 36-year-old Lee spent five-plus seasons with the Astros and is hitting .287 with five homers and 29 RBI in 65 games this year.
The right-hander gives the Marlins a veteran hitter as they try to get back into the race in the NL East. First base has been a problem for Miami this season, where regular Gaby Sanchez is hitting .194 with two homers and 16 RBIs. Sanchez was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans.
The Astros acquired third baseman Matt Dominguez and left-handed pitcher Rob Rasmussen in the deal.