"I want to spend more time with my kids," Lee said. "This business, it's kind of tough to spend more time with the family. People don't realize that when [the team is home], the kids are at school. When you get up, they're already gone, and when you come back, they're sleeping.
"To see your kids Friday, Saturday and Sunday is tough. If I had to really decide now, I'd stay home."
Lee made similar sentiments toward the end of last year, and not much has changed during a difficult season in which the Astros set a franchise record with 105 losses entering Wednesday. Lee is one of the last remaining remnants of a team that has undergone a huge overhaul the last two years.
"Honestly, it's been a tough year all year long, personally and as a team," he said. "The second half of the season was a lot more exciting. They brought up all these young kids and they played hard and did good. That was fun to go out there and play with them."