You can say Carlos Lee doesn’t hustle, or he’s a loser, or whatever, and I have never liked him enough to defend him as a player. But there was a very predictable performance line on the table for Lee and the Astros should have known what it was.
All he has done is follow the path of Jim Rice, George Bell, Dante Bichette — guys whose abilities were always overrated and then faded at age 33. Lee’s great fortune was to be in the right place at the right time when Drayton offered him $100 million.
There are many people who can be blamed for offering that contract. None of them are named Carlos Lee. And no amount of huffing and puffing is going to make him a better player for the next 2 1/2 years.