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5 HOUSTON ASTROS
ALBERT CHEN
April 05, 2010
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April 05, 2010

5 Houston Astros

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The Carlos Lee signing has worked out as well as could be expected for the Astros, who have gotten 86 homers, a .305 average, .354 on-base and .524 slugging percentage halfway through his six-year, $100-million deal. It's time to declare victory and get out. A big guy, Lee is losing what speed he had and is already a liability in the field. He slipped at the plate in 2009, not unusual for a 33-year-old, and the likely further decline will make him an $18.5-million-a-year paperweight through 2012. The Astros would be better off getting Lee's contract off the payroll rather than having the most expensive 75-win team in baseball over the next three years. The Astros need to start over. Trading Lee, who would have short-term value to an offense-challenged club such as the White Sox, is the first, most cost-effective step in that direction.

The Lineup

WITH 2009 STATISTICS

Manager Brad Mills

1ST SEASON WITH ASTROS

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

New acquisition

(R) Rookie

*Triple A stats

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