LOS ANGELES -- Carlos Lee may not be just a rental, after all.
A free agent after the season, the 36-year-old intends to play in 2013. The veteran first baseman is represented by the Wasserman Media Group, which recently contacted the Marlins, indicating its client is open to returning. There is mutual interest, but negotiations haven't begun.
The Marlins obtained Lee from the Astros on July 4 for Matt Dominguez and Rob Rasmussen. At the time of the deal, the Marlins were hoping to make a strong bid at contending for a playoff spot. But four days after Lee was brought in, Giancarlo Stanton underwent surgery on his right knee, and he missed a month.
The Marlins slipped in the standings, and at the end of July, they pulled off four trades in an effort to retool for 2013.
Lee has been a steady middle-of-the-lineup presence, batting .272 with two homers and 30 RBIs in 45 games since the deal was made.
There is a chance Logan Morrison could switch to first base next year, but foremost he has to show he's healthy. Morrison is out for the season with a right knee inflammation.