Red Sox infielder Mike Lowell has been working out at first base, and early indications are that he has a good feel of the base. Lowell was the subject of serious trade negotiations before having to undergo thumb surgery. It is possible the Rangers and Red Sox will reopen negotiations for the 2x World Series champion.
"I told him, man, it looks like you’ve been playing here forever. But that’s what happens when you’re a really good defensive player," said teammate David Ortiz. Manager Terry Francona said this was an important step for Lowell.
Lowell hit .290 with 17 home runs in 119 games last season. He posted a .337 on-base percentage, a shy below his career average.
If he stays with the Red Sox, Lowell would likely split time with Adrian Beltre at third and David Ortiz at DH, but possible fill in for Kevin Youkilis at first. If he were to join the Rangers, he could play first and third, as well provide a veteran presence with playoff experience in the clubhouse.