Posted July 04, 2012

Astros slugger Carlos Lee traded to Marlins

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The Astros traded Carlos Lee to the Miami Marlins to help their struggling offense. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

The Miami Marlins search for help for their struggling offense might have ended Wednesday with the team trading for Houston Astros first baseman Carlos Lee, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney.

The Marlins gave up minor leaguers third baseman Matt Dominguez and pitcher Rob Rasmussen in the deal.

Lee, 36, a three-time All-Star, is batting .286 with five home runs and 29 RBI in 65 games this season.  Lee is in the final year of a six-year, $100 million contract and declined a trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday.

The Marlins are concerned about the status of right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, who is battling a knee problem. The Marlins began the day 38-42, good for 4th in the NL East and 9.5 games back of the first-place Washington Nationals. They have scored 314 runs, which is fourth worst in the majors.