What Will Carlos Lee Do for the Miami Marlins?

Zak SchmollAnalyst IJuly 5, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 16:  Carlos Lee #45 the Houston Astros warms up before the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on April 16, 2012 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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Carlos Lee is now a member of the Miami Marlins after he was traded for a pair of prospects on Wednesday according to MLB Trade Rumors.

This move is not surprising whatsoever.

The Miami Marlins had a huge winter which was highlighted by bringing in Heath Bell, Mark Buehrle and Jose Reyes.

With all this excitement, however, came high expectations, and the Marlins have not quite been living up to them as they sit in fourth place, nine games back of the division-leading Washington Nationals with a 39-42 record.

However, with exactly half of the season left to play, the Marlins are trying to add another spark to their lineup which has scored the fourth fewest runs in all of baseball.

In Lee, the Marlins will get steady production. He doesn't quite have the power that he used to, but he can hit for average and drive in runs.

In a way, he will be a nice companion for Giancarlo Stanton. Stanton himself is carrying a very nice average so far this year (.283), but traditionally, his game has been more about clubbing the ball without too much regard for average.

Perhaps the Marlins will be able to hit Carlos Lee ahead of Stanton, kind of in the way that the Philadelphia Phillies would hit Chase Utley ahead of Ryan Howard if they were both in the lineup right now. The higher average hitter with some power could hit ahead of the player who is all about power.

Overall, this is a solid acquisition by the Marlins. Sure, they will have more money to pay out, but that hasn't seemed to be a problem so far. They need to live up to expectations, and getting another bat is a smart way of doing that.


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