Lee tries to prove he's more than DH going forward

MIAMI -- Carlos Lee is trying to dispel the perception that his future may be as a designated hitter.

The 36-year-old has become comfortable playing first base for the Marlins. Since he was acquired by Miami from Houston on July 4, he has exclusively played the position.

In 54 games at first for the Marlins, Lee has a .966 fielding percentage. Counting his tenure with Houston, the veteran has played 119 games this year at first.

In previous years, he split time at first and the outfield. A free agent after the season, Lee hopes teams consider him capable of playing the field. Some in the game feel he may be best suited to become a DH.

"That's an idea I want to change," Lee said. "I want to prove to people that I can field. It's something I take a lot of pride in. I'm pretty happy with the way I've played on the field."

In Monday's 7-3 win over the Brewers, Lee made a nice diving play to rob Norichika Aoki.

"I honestly think I can play first base," Lee said. "I would say this year I've played better. It's more of I know where to be. I know where the ball needs to go. I'm more familiar with the position. Sometimes you know all the positions, but you didn't cover all the relays. Right now, I know where to be when the ball is hit."