Marlins looking to move first baseman

Updated: November 25, 2003, 4:49 PM ET
Associated Press

BALTIMORE -- Florida Marlins first baseman Derrek Lee visited Camden Yards this week, but it appears as if he won't be playing there this summer.

Lee and his agent met with Baltimore Orioles officials yesterday, but the sides failed to work out a contract extension.

To reduce payroll after winning the World Series this year, the Marlins are trying to move Lee, who batted .271 with 31 doubles, 31 homers, 92 RBIs and a .508 slugging percentage.

Lee's talk with the Orioles was an indication the teams had worked out a tentative trade conditioned on a contract extension.

Lee earned $4.25 million this season and could receive up to $7 million in salary arbitration.

The Marlins are reluctant to pay that kind of money, and it appears as if the Orioles can't find common ground with Lee, either. The Orioles aren't interested in having Lee for only one year.

Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press