Houston, you have a trade!

The Miami Marlins search for help for their struggling offense might have ended Wednesday with the team trading for Houston Astros first baseman Carlos Lee, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney.

The Marlins gave up minor leaguers third baseman Matt Dominguez and pitcher Rob Rasmussen in the deal. Lee, 36, a three-time All-Star, is batting .286 with five home runs and 29 RBI in 65 games this season.  Lee is in the final year of a six-year, $100 million contract and declined a trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday.

The Marlins are concerned about the status of right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, who is battling a knee problem. The Marlins began the day 38-42, good for 4th in the NL East and 9.5 games back of the first-place Washington Nationals. They have scored 314 runs, which is fourth worst in the majors.

Carlos isn’t having his best home run season by any means, but he’s getting on base and hitting the ball well. As much as Richard and I both like Carlos Lee, we’re very excited about the direction the Astros are headed with this trade and are also excited to see the new prospects in the new homes.

Rob Rasmussen was scheduled to make his double A debut today. As of now, he’s been pulled from his start but not told about being traded. We’ll continue to watch this as Jon Heyman will continue to be 30 minutes to an hour behind. How does he still have a job? Follow me on twitter for the latest news. @Moguls73

-Lee White

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