Astros’ Lee already contemplating retirement

Astros left fielder Carlos Lee tells the Houston Chronicle he may retire when his contract runs out after the 2012 season.

"I don’t know if I’m going to play after this contract," Lee says. "I’m ready to go home."

Lee is due $18.5 million this year and the next two. He owns cattle ranches in Texas and his native Panama.

"Maybe on my last year if I still have a love for the game and I still feel like I can play, I will probably come back," Lee says. "As of right now, me and my family have plans to finish up here in Houston."

The Chronicle points out that Lee has a full no-trade clause this year and limited no-trade rights in 2011. He would regain full rights in 2012 when he reaches five years of service with the Astros.

Astros left fielder Carlos Lee tells the Houston Chronicle he may retire when his contract runs out after the 2012 season.

"I don’t know if I’m going to play after this contract," Lee says. "I’m ready to go home."

Lee is due $18.5 million this year and the next two. He owns cattle ranches in Texas and his native Panama.

"Maybe on my last year if I still have a love for the game and I still feel like I can play, I will probably come back," Lee says. "As of right now, me and my family have plans to finish up here in Houston."

The Chronicle points out that Lee has a full no-trade clause this year and limited no-trade rights in 2011. He would regain full rights in 2012 when he reaches five years of service with the Astros.

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