MILWAUKEE — The Marlins are on the verge of adding an impact power bat for the second half.
The Marlins will acquire Astros first baseman Carlos Lee for prospects Matt Dominguez and Rob Rasmussen, according to a baseball source.
Lee, 36, was removed from the Astros’ game against the Pirates after he went 1-for-3. The veteran first baseman had his locker immediately cleared out.
The arrival of Lee comes at a time the Marlins may be without All-Star right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, who had an MRI exam on his right knee on Tuesday.
Stanton is hopeful to play in St. Louis on Friday. But if he isn’t ready by the weekend, it is doubtful he will participate in the All-Star Game or the Home Run Derby.
If Stanton’s knee has a tear, and he needs to go on the disabled list, the Marlins would be without their top slugger. The 22-year-old has 19 home runs and 50 RBIs.
Lee is batting .286 with five home runs and 29 RBIs. In his career, he has 354 home runs.
Marlins first baseman Gaby Sanchez, an All-Star in 2011, has had a rough season. Entering Sunday, he was batting .194 with two home runs and 16 RBIs.
To acquire Lee, Miami is parting with two high picks from recent Drafts. Dominguez was the Marlins’ 12th overall pick in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft.
A third baseman out of Chatsworth High School near Los Angeles, Dominguez is regarded as a standout defensive player who has had his struggles at the plate. In 78 games with Triple-A New Orleans, the 23-year-old batted .234 with seven home runs and 46 RBIs in 78 games.
When the Marlins moved Hanley Ramirez to third base, it blocked Dominguez’s path to the big leagues.
Rasmussen, a 23-year-old lefty, was 4-7 with a 3.90 ERA in 16 starts at Class A Jupiter. He was recently promoted to Double-A.
The Marlins selected Rasmussen in the second round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of UCLA.