Red Sox third baseman, for now, Mike Lowell, says he is highly motivated this spring.
Shouldn't players always be highly motivated?
Anyway, the motivated one will get plenty of action in spring training as the Red Sox look to showcase him. With the addition of Adrian Beltre to play third, Lowell is destined to be in a different uni come Opening Day.
First though, he'll have to show he is healthy after offseason thumb surgery. The Bostons hope he proves he's able because Lowell is set to collect 12.5 mil this season. The Sox would like someone else to pay that tab or at least much of it.
What teams are in the market for an expensive, older third baseman who has shown signs of breaking down (hip, thumb)?
The Cardinals might have an interest. Unproven David Freese will get the first crack at third. I suspect Tony LaRussa would rather have a healthy Lowell at third for a season.
The Phillies have Placido Polanco penciled in at the hot corner. Polanco has played some third in the past but is really a second baseman. Might Lowell fit with the Phils?
Maybe Boston can pawn him off on the Pirates. The Pirates don't need Lowell and can't afford him. But they're pretty darn stupid. Maybe the Red Sox can trick Pittsburgh to take him.
Anyway, Lowell is 36 years old today. Happy Birthday Mike...and stay highly motivated, not just motivated.