LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers are no longer pursuing Houston Astros first baseman Carlos Lee.
In need of productive hitters after a terrible offensive month, the Dodgers reached an agreement Friday with the Astros to acquire Lee, a fading power hitter and limited defender with an expiring contract. Lee had to approve the deal, however, and his apparent reluctance soured Dodgers management on the trade. Lee was believed to be leaning against joining the Dodgers, but there had been no official word from the player.
The Dodgers withdrew their offer – reportedly 20-year-old right-hander Garrett Gould – on Sunday. They also would have received cash to use against the remainder of Lee’s contract.
The club will continue to seek to improve its offense, which scored two runs in its final six games of June.
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