Lee might retire after 2012
Left-fielder Carlos Lee, who’s in the fourth year of a six-year, $100-million deal, said Thursday he will strongly consider retiring when he his contract expires. Lee has a limited no trade clause after this season, but considering he’s owed $18.5 million in each of the final three years he’s unlikely to be traded.
“That was one of the reasons I signed here, was to come here and kind of establish myself with a long-team deal and finish up here,” he said. “I don’t know if I’m going to play after this contract is up. I’m ready to go home.”
Lee, who lives in his native Panama in the offseason, has two sons and two daughters that he wants to spend more time with.
“We spend so much time away from our family,” he said. “I can’t spend any other time with my kids. I get home at 10 o’clock, 11 o’clock and they’re sleeping and they get up at 6:30 in the morning to go to school and I see them 10, 15 minutes. I want to be able to spend time with my kids while they’re still young and healthy. I want to enjoy them.”