HOUSTON, TX - JUNE 28: Carlos Lee #45 of the Houston Astros hits a line drive to center in the seventh inning to break up a no hitter by pitcher Andrew Cashner #34 of the San Diego Padres at Minute Maid Park on June 28, 2012 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Dodgers Withdraw Trade Offer For Carlos Lee

Lee is making $18.5 million this season in the final year of a six-year contract.

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Carlos Lee Trade Rumors: Dodgers Withdraw Their Offer

The Los Angeles Dodgers need to find someone to fix up their gaping hole at first base. The Dodgers have literally gotten no production from the position in the past month, and it's left their lineup always feeling like it's a man short.

The Dodgers tried to make a run at Carlos Lee of the Houston Astros. He's on the downside of his career at 36 years old, but he could be a valuable player to pursue considering his ability to still hit and get on base regularly.

Lee dawdled on the decision though, and it looks as if Los Angeles ran out of patience waiting for his answer. Jon Heyman, Tim Brown and Ken Rosenthal all reported that the Dodgers pulled out of talks earlier today.

The Dodgers continue to struggle to find a solid individual to start for them at first base.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Carlos Lee Still Deciding On Proposed Dodgers Deal

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros have a deal in place that would send veteran first baseman Carlos Lee to L.A. in exchange for prospect Garrett Gould. The Dodgers would also receive cash to help pay the remaining $9 million left on Lee's deal that'll run through the end of the 2012 season.

Lee has been given time to accept the trade or exercise his no-trade clause, which would keep him in Houston. Lee is reportedly happy with the Astros and has a profitable cattle farm in the area, so leaving would not be easy. Here is the latest on the situation from Brian McTaggart of MLB.com.

Carlos Lee said Sunday morning he still hadn't made a decision on whether to accept a trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers, though several of his teammates believe the slugger wants to stay with the Astros. Lee was pulled into manager Brad Mills' office upon his arrival at Wrigley Field for a closed-door meeting.

When approached by the media at his locker prior to the game, Lee said he hasn't made a decision.

Lee was not given a deadline of any kind to give his final verdict, but you can imagine that all parties involved would like to get the negotiations moving along. The Dodgers know they're going to need to add a bat if they hope to survive without Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier in the lineup, and Lee's bat could help somewhat.

The 36 year old is no longer the slugger he used to be, but he's still batting .285 this season with a respectable OPS of .742. And with his contract expiring in three months, there really isn't a ton of risk for the Dodgers.

And then here is this bit that just rolled in from Buster Olney:

For more on Lee potentially coming to the Dodgers, check out True Blue L.A.


MLB Trade Rumors: Carlos Lee Expected To Make Decision On Dodgers Trade Offer By Sunday

The rumors have been flying all day on Saturday that the Los Angeles Dodgers are attempting to organize a trade with the Houston Astros that would bring veteran first baseman Carlos Lee. The Dodgers have been hurting for offense with Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier both on the shelf for unknown periods of time with injuries. The hope is that Lee would represent an uptick in run generation from incumbent first baseman James Loney.

The early indication is that the Dodgers have officially proposed a trade to Lee, who has a no-trade clause in his contract. He is debating whether to accept the deal that would send him to Los Angeles in exchange for a pitching prospect.

Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports that Lee expects to make his final decision by Sunday. Lee was 0-for-4 on Saturday in a game against the Chicago Cubs.

Before Saturday's game between the Dodgers and the New York Mets, Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly was discussing trades. Without mentioning Lee by name, Mattingly had this to say about potential trade targets:

"If they don't want to be here, I don't want them here. We'll try to improve our club any way we can. To us to get where we want to go, we have to get better."

On Sunday, the Dodgers might wind up with a new starting first baseman, or they might head back to the drawing board.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Carlos Lee Has Dodgers Offer, Mulling Over No-Trade Clause

The Los Angeles Dodgers have reportedly made Carlos Lee and the Houston Astros an appealing deal, and now it's just a matter of if the former All-Star will exercise is no-trade clause or not. He has vetoing powers to 14 teams, including the Dodgers. Lee has a very successful cattle ranch in Texas and leaving home might not be a very smart business decision for the 36-year-old first baseman.

Here's the latest on Lee and his decision:

And if you want a timely decision, well, you may be waiting for a while.

Lee is happy with Houston and has plenty of ties to the area, so convincing him to leave will not be easy. There have also been whispers that the veteran would ask for some kind of other financial compensation for accepting the deal, even though he will already earn $18.5 million in salary this year. Lee will be a free agent once the 2012 season wraps up.

For more on the Dodgers, check out True Blue LA.


MLB Trade Rumors: Carlos Lee Possibly Heading To Los Angeles Dodgers

Could the Dodgers swing a deal to land the veteran first baseman?

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