Lee Deal Not Exactly What Astros Wanted
The Astros and Carlos Lee have finally parted ways. After trying to work out a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers that fell apart due in large part to Lee's disinterest in taking a big tax hit in leaving Texas for California the Astros found a new partner in the Miami Marlins.
For Lee, Miami was reportedly not on his non-trade list. It may have been for the same reason the Dodgers were on it--the tax matter. Make no mistake about it, Carlos Lee is a businessman. He knows those things and doesn't have to totally rely on agents and advisors. When his big baseball salary ends after this season there will be no financial hardship for the Lee family. Extensive cattle ranching spreads in Texas and Panama assure his future. He has been investing his baseball wealth, not squandering it.
The deal for the Astros had to be made. Since Carlos had declined the trade to Los Angeles the club faced a return to Minute Maid Park on Friday and hardly a welco...