Dodgers Showcasing Zach Lee for Carlos Lee?
When the Dodgers finally lock in on a hitter to acquire, the most likely prospect they will move in return is former first-round pick Zach Lee, even though they spent $5.25 million to buy him away from an LSU quarterback job. The pitcher other clubs will initially ask for is Nathan Eovaldi, but he’s essentially untouchable. Lee was just promoted to Double-A and his feel for pitching could get him to the Major Leagues quickly, but he hasn’t shown the dominant stuff to put him in a Clayton Kershaw category. The Dodgers don’t have many of the kind of top prospects it will take to land the kind of impact players they need. Among the names on their radar are Billy Butler, Michael Cuddyer, Todd Helton, Chase Headley and starting pitchers Ryan Dempster, Zach Greinke and Matt Garza. Because of their lack of top-shelf prospects, the Dodgers might find their best acquisition to be somebody’s bad contract. As they showed with the signing of Cuban Yasel Puig, they now have the money to overpay.
According to Fox Sports, the Dodgers could use Lee in a trade for Houston’s Carlos Lee, who would take over first base for James Loney. Lee would need to approve a trade to the Dodgers. — Ken Gurnick