Don't expect a lot from Lee with Marlins

Updated: July 5, 2012, 11:41 AM ET
By Eric Karabell

Perhaps the Miami Marlins and their fans believe Wednesday's acquisition of Carlos Lee from the Houston Astros will be the difference-maker as a sub-.500 team aims to make a run to the postseason. After all, Lee has been a consistent, productive and largely underrated hitter since debuting in 1999, and the Marlins certainly weren't getting much from 2011 All-Star first baseman Gaby Sanchez. Lee is an upgrade, and it's not like the Marlins parted with a great deal to get him.

Then again, Lee has been a significant fantasy disappointment this season. He's outside the top 30 first basemen and 85 outfielders on the ESPN Player Rater, and after being chosen in pretty much all leagues on draft day (he was a 15th-rounder in average live drafts) he's down to 92 percent owned. The big problem has been an absence of power. Last year, Lee hit .275 with 18 home runs and 94 RBIs, reasonable counting stats for fantasy leagues. This year, he has five home runs in 66 games. Plenty of players have five home runs this season. Unless Lee starts improving at 36 years old, he's really not any more enticing for fantasy than he was before Independence Day.