DENVER -- Carlos Lee was supposed to be the final piece to get the Marlins into the playoffs.
It won't happen this season. But what about next year?
Lee sure wouldn't mind giving it a shot.
"If they want me back, I like it here," the first baseman said before Thursday's 5-3 loss to Colorado at Coors Field, a game that featured Lee's second home run with Miami. "I think we can put a good lineup out there. If they want me back, I'll be more than happy to."
Lee, 36, will be a free agent after the season. After he was acquired July 4 from Houston, with the Marlins at 39-42 and still in contention for a playoff berth, many figured he would end up just being a half-season rental.
Lee, though, said the Marlins, now 53-66, are high on the list of teams he wants to play for next season.
"Yeah," said Lee, a 14-year veteran and native of Panama. "Unfortunately, we've had too many injuries (this season). But I like the clubhouse. We got a bunch of nice guys I like the setup of the lineup....