By Eric Schmidt

It is all but set in stone that the Miami Marlins will receive the 36 year old outfielder and first basemen Carlos Lee for minor league players in 3B Matt Dominguez and Rob Rasmussen. What Lee brings to the table is not season altering, but is a supplemental bat to take care of business while RF Giancarlo Stanton is out and 1B Gaby Sanchez continues his horrible season.

The move not only gives Miami a fresh start in the minors after so called “top prospect” Dominguez failed miserably at the plate while adversely excelling with the glove, but it presents the Fish with a veteran presence who can still play decently. By all accounts, Lee’s .286, 5 and 29 line is nothing to write home about, but it is a massive upgrade over Sanchez. Lee might play first base or may head back out to left so Logan Morrison can assume his natural responsibility. This will not improve the sluggish fielding in left as there will still be limited range as neither are fleet of foot, but it is a wonderful addition to the lineup.

Lee may not be the power bat and anytime home run threat that he was in his younger days, but “El Caballo” can still pose problems for opposing lineups. He still has the natural ability to hit for power and drive in runs, such as Sanchez was able to do during last years All-Star season. With Stanton returned to the lineup, all of a sudden this team features a skilled combination of speed and power.

While the team has hideously under-performed (thanks in part to the closer who must not be named), an instant veteran infusion into the lineup for a brief time will help the younger hitters learn the ropes of a player who has had an excellent career. As Lee enters the twilight of his career, the Panamanian will hopefully create a learned atmosphere for his younger teammates and if not salvage a season, prepare the Marlins for future endeavors.

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