The Los Angeles Dodgers were reportedly trying to get slugger Carlos Lee from the Astros in order to infuse a little energy into their struggling offense. Due to a string of unfortunate injuries, the Blue Crew is having a hard time scoring runs, and without the big bats of Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier, the Dodgers are not looking good. Their lead in the National League West is gone, and they are now in a tight race with the Giants. It is still early in the season, but sometimes you have to make these moves. However, I don't think a player like Carlos Lee is the answer.
Days gone by
As of now, it appears that Lee may not waive his no-trade clause. For the Dodgers, that is probably a good thing and it says something about Lee's mindset. The Dodgers are a first-place team, but Lee would rather stay with a mediocre Astros team. Players certainly have the right to stay where they are comfortable. In addition, Lee's best days are behind him, and the stocky first baseman is not exactly having a career year. He is 36, and he almost certainly wouldn't re-sign with the Dodgers after this expensive contract is done.
Stick with Loney?
This also says something about how the team feels about James Loney. The Dodger first baseman is having a very subpar year, as he is hitting under .240 without any real power. You can certainly understand where the club would be frustrated with Loney's production, but getting a 36-year-old on the downside of his career is not necessarily a huge upgrade. If the Dodgers really aren't convinced that Loney will improve, I'd almost rather see a prospect at first base than someone like Lee.
A little more patient
The Dodgers may just need to be a bit more patient and hope that their stars can come back soon. You don't want to send away prospects and make panic moves when you are struggling because when the stars return you can have a logjam at certain positions. Hopefully Kemp and Ethier can return quickly and the Dodgers can start to score runs again. The Giants are not going to go away.
The author grew up in Seattle and is ultimately loyal to the Mariners, but now lives in Los Angeles and also roots for Dodger Blue. You can follow him on Twitter @tpheifer.
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