The Padres released Lee on Monday, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Lee is still only 25 years old, but most of the luster he once carried as a prospect coming up through the Dodgers system has completely worn off. He had already been dropped from the Padres' 40-man roster in June, but passed through waivers unclaimed and stuck around in the organization as starting depth at Triple-A El Paso. Even in that capacity, Lee didn't do enough to justify keeping him around, as he's compiled a 7.12 ERA and 1.84 WHIP across 67 innings for El Paso, horrific numbers even after adjusting for the hitter-friendly environments where he's often pitched. Lee shouldn't have trouble landing another minor-league deal given his pedigree, but there won't be much excitement regarding his future outlook.
Lee cleared waivers Thursday and will head to Triple-A El Paso, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Lee was DFA'd by the team Monday in order to make room for Dillon Overton on the roster following his struggles this season. With El Paso, Lee has posted a 5.73 ERA with a 2.05 WHIP and a 14:15 K:BB. He made three appearances with the Padres, all coming in April, and will provide organizational depth moving forward.
The Padres needed to clear a roster spot for Dillon Overton -- who was recently claimed off waivers from the Mariners -- and Lee was the roster casualty. The 25-year-old, who compiled a 5.62 ERA and 2.00 WHIP across eight innings with the big club earlier in the year, will likely report to Triple-A if he passes through waivers untouched.
Lee allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits and a walk during Friday's 14-12 win over Triple-A Fresno.
Though he wasn't sharp in his return from the disabled list, Lee was able to escape with a no-decision as El Paso's offense collected 14 hits en route to a 14 run outburst. Lee is sitting on an uninspiring 6.05 ERA over 19.1 innings with Triple-A El Paso this season, but remains a candidate to return to the majors should an injury open up a spot in the rotation or bullpen.
Lee was optioned to Triple-A El Paso on Sunday, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Lee was promoted to the majors in early April to fill Luis Perdomo's spot in the rotation after he was placed on the 10-day disabled list. With Perdomo making his return Sunday, Lee was optioned back to Triple-A. He's a candidate to return to the majors in the future if another injury occurs to one of the team's starters, as the 25-year-old held his own in a difficult matchup with the Rockies at Coors Field on April 12.
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