UPDATE (8:20 p.m. ET): Carlos Lee said after Saturday’s 3-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs that he wants to make a decision on a trade to the Dodgers by tomorrow, The Houston Chronicle’s Zachary Levine reports.
Carlos Lee said he’d like to have a decision tomorrow on whether he’ll accept trade to Dodgers.
— Zachary Levine (@zacharylevine) June 30, 2012
ORIGINAL: Houston Astros first baseman Carlos Lee is leaning toward vetoing a potential trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers, ESPN’s Buster Olney reported Saturday afternoon.
Source: As of early afternoon today, Carlos Lee continues to tell the Astros he won’t waive his no-trade clause.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) June 30, 2012
On Friday, reports emerged that the Astros and Dodgers were engaged in trade talks involving Lee. Lee told MLB.com Saturday morning that Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow told him about the talks. Lee has a limited no-trade clause and would have to approve before any deal is finalized.
“L.A. has made an offer,” Lee told MLB.com. “I just told Jeff I want to see my options. I just want to wait and see what my options are.”
The Dodgers are interested in Lee to help jumpstart an offense that has been shut out five times in its past 11 games. Los Angeles is currently playing without Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp and Mark Ellis.
In 62 games this season, the 36-year-old Lee is batting .289 with five home runs and 29 RBI. He has a .751 OPS. He’s in the final year of a six-year, $100 million contract.
Despite losing six in a row and nine of their past 10 games, the Dodgers remain only one game behind the San Francisco Giants in the National League West race. But they led by 7.5 games as recently as May 27.