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.”


Maybe the Astros could work out a deal to pay him the remaining money, $2 million a year for the next 19 years and he can retire after this year. It will be a huge burden off of the team, he’ll still get his money, and I’m sure he’ll be happy with his kids and his ranch. And we’ll sure be happy to have some payroll breathing room back and a left fielder who plays the position better than a crippled turtle. He already LOOKS like he doesn’t really care out there, and this certainly doesn’t help his image at all. It sounds like he got his multi-year contract and doesn’t even want to play the game anymore, preferring to spend time with his family and his cows. I say we let him.

We can only hope that Carlos “El Burrito” Lee will retire and the sooner the better! He is the most overrated player ever to wear an Astros uni and costs us game after game with his laziness. For that kind of money he owes us at least 100% effort, which has never been the case!

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