Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/4/12

Three days after a proposed Carlos Lee trade to the Dodgers fell through because of the first baseman's no-trade clause, general manager Jeff Luhnow tried again and found his match. Lee was dealt to the Miami Marlins on Wednesday for third baseman Matt Dominguez and left-handed pitcher Rob Rasmussen.

Lee was pulled out of the Astros' 6-4 loss to the Pirates after the seventh inning with the trade in the works. Less than an hour later, he was gone, having ended a 5 1/2-year tenure with the Astros.

"Carlos has more value to a team like the Marlins than he does to us right now, which gives us an opportunity to collect some players for the future," general manager Jeff Luhnow said. "I had been talking to the Marlins for a little while because I knew they had some interest in getting a player like Carlos."

Trade talks really picked up Wednesday and netted the Astros one immediate big leaguer. Dominguez will report directly to the big leagues to play third base, though Chris Johnson remains the regular third baseman.

"Because Chris has been banged up the last couple of days and is day-to-day, we figured this would be a good opportunity for Matt to meet the staff and to play a weekend series in Houston," Luhnow said. "Once we get to the All-Star break, we'll determine everybody's health status."

Lee did not have the right to reject a trade to the Marlins for the last three months of his six-year, $100 million deal. His no-trade clause covered just 14 of the other 29 teams including the Dodgers.

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