Originally posted on Burning River Baseball  |  Last updated 11/18/11
Houston Astros manager Brad Mills says Carlos Lee will be the Astros’ starting first baseman in 2012, and that could open up a deal involving Brett Wallace to the Tribe. The Indians have been discouraged by Carlos Pena's high asking price and are not convinced that Matt LaPorta is going to hit well. Wallace has been in four different organizations since being drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2008. After being treated like a hot potato by the Cardinals, Athletics, Phillies, and Blue Jays, Wallace finally found a home in Houston last season. He reached the majors  and took over the first base seat for the departed Lance Berkman at the 2010 trade deadline. Through the first month of 2011, Wallace had a .383/.448/.543 triple-slash line that would have made Bill James proud. Wallace clearly was not this good — his line is heavily supported by a .466 BABIP — but that doesn’t mean we needed to ignore it. It just means he was extra lucky. Wallace’s bad debut season in 2010, in wh...
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