Dodgers Host Mets While Waiting On Carlos Lee

Will these two be teammates?

While the Dodgers await the decision of whether or not Carlos Lee will waive his no-trade clause to join Los Angeles, there is a game to play at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers hope the third time is the charm against the Mets, who have won the first two games of this four-game weekend series.

As for Lee, Buster Olney of ESPN reported the (former) slugger doesn't want to waive his no trade clause, but that doesn't necessarily mean he won't waive it. Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi reported that the Dodgers are still waiting from a decision from Lee, and that Garrett Gould would be traded to Houston in the deal. ESPN's Jayson Stark says the Dodgers would be paying "a significant portion" of Lee's remaining salary.

Manager Don Mattingly couldn't address Lee specifically since that would technically be tampering, which is against MLB rules. But when asked about a player potentially not wanting to waive a no-trade clause to come to the Dodgers, Mattingly was blunt.

"If they don't want to be here, I don't want them here," he said.

Mattingly did say he has heard Lee's name in rumors, and that a trade or two is something that has been discussed.

"We have to realistically look at the production we're getting and how do we improve that? We'll try to improve our club any way we can," Mattingly said. "To us to get where we want to go, we have to get better."

Notes

  • Javy Guerra will pitch Sunday and Tuesday on a rehab assignment with Class A Rancho Cucamonga, with hopes of getting activated for the Dodgers' series in Arizona, which begins Thursday.
  • Matt Kemp is targeting a return date of July 13, the first game after the All-Star break, per Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.
  • The Dodgers signed first-round pick Corey Seager on Saturday, and he will be introduced before the game today at Dodger Stadium. Seager will report to the rookie league Ogden Raptors next week.
  • When I told Don Mattingly that his club has scored the fewest runs (17) in their last 12 games than any other 12-game stretch in L.A. Dodger history, another reporter asked how long it took me to find that stat. I estimated roughly an hour, using the Baseball-Reference.com Play-Index, to which Mattingly laughed and said, "Eric, get a life."

Starting Lineups

Mets
Dodgers
CF Torres (S) SS Gordon (L)
SS Tejada LF Herrera (S)
3B Wright 2B Hairston
1B Davis (L)
1B Rivera
RF Duda (L) C Ellis
2B Murphy (L) RF Van Slyke
LF Niewenhuis (L) 3B Uribe
C Thole (L)
CF Gwynn (L)
P Santana (L)
P Eovaldi

Game Time: 4:15 p.m.

TV: Fox

MLB Gameday

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