The Astros Just Paid A Player $9 Million To Go Away

Carlos Lee

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The Miami Marlins traded for Carlos Lee from the Houston Astros hoping he will boost their offence in the second half. But while Lee will play the final 81 games of the season with the Marlins, it is the Astros that will pay most of the remaining $9.3 million remaining on his contract.According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports (via Twitter), the Marlins will pay just a pro-rated portion of the league minimum salary ($480,000), or about $240,000.

Lee is in the final year of a 6-year, $100 million contract that is to pay him $18.5 million this season. With approximately $9.3 million still owed to the ageing slugger, the Astros will pay about $9.0 million of that salary, while he is playing for the Marlins.

The Astros also received two minor leaguers.

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