MIAMI -- Uncertainty followed Carlos Lee into the Marlins' clubhouse on Friday afternoon.
The subject of trade speculation, Lee saw he was in the lineup, playing first base and batting cleanup. But that was a few hours before the first pitch against the Mets at Marlins Park, and about seven hours from the waiver-claim Trade Deadline.
"There's always going to be a lot of rumors out there, about who's available, who's not available," Lee said.
Lee has a no-trade clause, so he would have been contacted to approve or deny a potential trade. Teams like the Giants are searching for a right-handed hitter. Earlier this year, Lee blocked proposed deals to the Dodgers and Yankees.
The veteran, who is a free agent after the season, says he enjoys playing in Miami. And he is open to signing for 2013.
"This is a really nice team," Lee said. "We have a great clubhouse, a great bunch of guys. I don't know what the plans are for the organization. But they can put together a really nice team next year."
Lee has been a steady run producer for the Marlins since he was obtained from the Astros on July 4 for Matt Dominguez and Rob Rasmussen.
In 50 games with Miami, he has 33 RBIs, after he drove in 29 in 66 games with Houston.
"I like it here," Lee said. "Let's put it that way. I like it here."