The Red Sox could look to trade infielder Jed Lowrie, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, as his name came up often among scouts and GMs in the Dominican Republic last week.
According to Cafardo, “Teams like his offense and are skeptical about his defense, but are more concerned about his mental toughness and his ability to play through injury.”
Lowrie, 27, hit .252 with a .303 OBP, 6 HR, 14 doubles, 36 RBI and one stolen base in 309 at bats last season for Boston, while playing first base, second, shortstop and third.
Jon Scippa: As a switch-hitter, Lowrie has added value for a team like the Mets. However, he’s a much better hitter from the right side than from the left, with a wOBA 105 points higher against lefties. Of course, hitting at Fenway probably had a lot to do with his inflated numbers from the right side (.368/.435/.556 at home versus .223/.295/.355 on the road in his career). If given a season of about 100-115 games, I can see Lowrie putting up a WAR of around .6 to 1. However, that’s likely on the optimistic side… and assuming he’s fully healthy.
Matthew Cerrone: Terry Collins would probably love Jed’s attitude, since he’s notorious for playing aggressive, non-stop baseball. … Basically, by picking up Marco Scutaro’s option, Lowrie is again stuck on the bench. They platooned last season, but the word up in Boston is that Scutaro should expect to get the bulk of playing time this time around. Also, from talking to people up there, it sounds like Red Sox wouldn’t commit to Lowrie because he is seemingly always injured.