Cattle Ranch v The Los Angeles DodgersWhat does a cattle ranch have to do with Astros outfielder Carlos Lee? Well it may be a major factor that will prevent the Dodgers from gaining much needed offense and the Astros more young prospects. Lee has a very successful cattle ranch in Texas and is uncomfortable with leaving the Houston area that he is well connected with. Well why can't the Astros and Dodgers say sorry Carlos, we have a deal, you are going to Los Angeles whether you like it or not. The reason is, Lee is in the driver's seat being that he has vetoing power to fourteen teams, including the Dodgers.
|Lee at his cattle ranch in Houston http://www.chron.com|
Now that it is established the power is in Lee's hands, he has to take into consideration the impact of the trade on his career. Lee is set to earn $18.5 million dollars this year and the Dodgers, according to MLB Network's Jon Heyman, would take on the majority of his remaining contract. Leaving something so enjoyable and lucrative in his Houston cattle ranch is understandable, but Lee needs to look at the big picture. Lee will enter the free agent pool after this season and a move to the Dodgers will make himself more attractive to potential suitors. He will be playing for a contending team with other pieces around him. There is more opportunity to excel and perform in the spotlight. Whatever Lee decides, each party involved will benefit if the deal is completed.