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Marlins check out Mike Lowell's debut

Mar 15, 2010, 9:25 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for Mike Lowell headshot.jpgIt may be nothing more than that, but according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, the Marlins were among teams in attendance to check out Mike Lowell’s exhibition debut against the Orioles on Monday.

According to Spencer, the Marlins have at least discussed the idea internally, though reacquiring the 36-year-old would likely be a backup plan. The Marlins are currently weighing if Logan Morrison or Gaby Sanchez are ready to play first base, or if Rule 5 selection Jorge Jimenez is a possibility to start at third base. If recovered from December thumb surgery, Lowell could be a reasonable alternative at third, with Jorge Cantu moving back to first.

Lowell, of course, played seven years in Florida and is the franchise’s all-time leader in home runs (143).

The Red Sox will likely have to eat the majority of Lowell’s remaining $12 million salary in any deal.
 

  1. Old Gator - Mar 15, 2010 at 10:07 PM

    The majority of Lowell’s contract? Hell, this is Scrooge McLoria we’re dealing with here. They’d probably have to eat all of it and then pay the Marlins a convenience fee. In fact, the Beanbags would be lucky if the Feesh didn’t hold them up for his per diem as well.
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    I’d love to see Mike back in Macondo. But I ain’t counting on it

  2. Nasty Boy - Mar 16, 2010 at 12:29 AM

    I’m in Heaven , Lowell’s contract having to be eaten, Matsusaka banging them for 50 million+ Those Sox are shrewd operators! Maybe they’ll pay someone to take that roidhead Ortiz contract too. Don’t think last year was an off year, he’ll have a few more off years until the Sox pay someone to take that contract too.

  3. Reuben4boston - Mar 16, 2010 at 12:55 AM

    Except for the fact that David Ortiz’ contract is up this year. But you dont want those things called facts getting in the way of your rant now do you?

  4. Nasty Boy - Mar 16, 2010 at 1:34 AM

    Thanks for the info, that shows how much I care about them. I’ll be happy to see him go. Maybe he’ll hook up with his buddy Manny (the moron) Rameriz, and they can haunt another organization.

  5. GimmeSomeSteel - Mar 16, 2010 at 1:45 AM

    “Haunt”? Manny and Papi helped bring the Sawx two WS titles in four years. Considering the previous 85 years before 2004, any Red Sox fan would be happy to be “haunted”.
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    And if you don’t care about them, don’t comment.

  6. Joey B - Mar 16, 2010 at 8:42 AM

    “I’d love to see Mike back in Macondo. But I ain’t counting on it”
    That’s my guess as well. If he can’t play, the Marlins won’t want him. If he can play, they’ll be another team willing to pick up more of his contract.
    But as a RS fan, I’d love to see it. Mike is the consummate pro, and the Marlins aren’t that far away from the playoffs. Mike is about 200 points better in OPS than what they got from Bonifacio last year.

  7. Jonny5 - Mar 16, 2010 at 8:46 AM

    Shave! you look like a dumbass! BTW Sox Fans, Why is it that sooooo many ball players leave Bahhhhston on bad terms?

  8. Joey B - Mar 16, 2010 at 8:57 AM

    “Shave! you look like a dumbass! BTW Sox Fans, Why is it that sooooo many ball players leave Bahhhhston on bad terms?”
    Red Sox fans love Lowell, but good try.

  9. Old Gator - Mar 16, 2010 at 9:48 AM

    Bonifacio is the proverbial accident waiting to happen. Forget about his anemic hitting for the moment. I’ve seen him make errors that I wouldn’t expect one of those triple amputees on the little wheeled carts down on skid row to make. When we read stuff in the Macondo Flyer about “moving Cantu to first and letting Bonifacio platoon at third with X,” about the best thing we can say is that we’re more nauseated with the field tactics than with the payroll pucker for a few minutes, until he comes to bat with RISP. It’s like pumping up your dolorometer until your arm hurts more than your back, then letting the air out again.

  10. Joey B - Mar 16, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    While I chided FL fans for their lack of interest, blaming them more than the ownership for the uncertain situation, but I think this is one of those cost-efficient moves that ownership should willingly take (assuming reasonable health). Even if he only plays at last year’s level, Lowell figures to be about 1.6 WAR better than Bonifacio, and or replacements. At even $4M per WAR, that’s a $6.4M improvement for about $3M. Added to that the fact that everyone likes the guy has to mean something at the turnstyle. The psychology of increased commitment, and a better shot at the POs has to add to the formula.
    A simple 100k more in attendance pays his salary.

  11. Jonny5 - Mar 16, 2010 at 1:24 PM

    I wasn’t referring to fans. Between managment and the players, too many players leave Baaaahhhston with their middle finger pointed up. You can’t say Lowell is happy, you can’t say the Sox are happy. It’s a song and dance often played between players and the front office in Baaaahhhston.

  12. Joey B - Mar 16, 2010 at 1:58 PM

    “You can’t say Lowell is happy, you can’t say the Sox are happy.”
    It’s the nature of separation. When team and a player part ways, unless via retirement, it is almost inevitable that one side or the other has to feel offended to some degree. Lowell lost his job, so he’s less than happy.
    How many other players left unhappy? Almost all of them have been back. Most of them say Boston is the greatest place in the world. It’s not a coincidence that Nomar is back, or that Millar threw out the first pitch for a PO game. Did you see Pedro’s return?

  13. Old Gator - Mar 16, 2010 at 4:55 PM

    “If he can’t play, the Marlins won’t want him. If he can play, they’ll be another team willing to pick up more of his contract.”
    That’s it in a nutshell down here, and fan awareness that that’s it in a nutshell is a real part of their reluctance to get excited. I hope you’re right about how close to the playoffs they are, and while I agree that if healthy Lowell would be a major boost, I still don’t think he’d be nearly enough. Back a few years ago sportswriters got into the habit of assuming that every EYP the Feesh brought up to pitch was an uncut diamond, and have stuck with that assessment even as these kids have been injured (Anibal Sanchez), grossly mishandled (Andrew Miller) or just plain were never as good as they were supposed to be (Scott Olsen, Taylor Tankersley, Sergio Mitre). Johnson and Nolasco look good but for one reason or another the rest of the rotation is full of question marks and the bullpen…well, that’s just not going to keep this team in the fight. Leo Nunez would be a decent setup man on some other team but he’s no closer on this one. The bullpen was a weak spot last year and the Feesh have done nothing at all really to bolster it.
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    The hex factor, as always, is this year’s EYP crop. One Chris Coghlan wasn’t enough to make the difference last year, and again, with the current bullpen, won’t make the difference this year either. Two or three guys are going to have to surprise, and a couple of them had better be pitchers. Otherwise, look for the fish to make another surprising run – at third place.

  14. Joey B - Mar 17, 2010 at 8:49 AM

    “and have stuck with that assessment even as these kids have been injured (Anibal Sanchez), grossly mishandled (Andrew Miller) or just plain were never as good as they were supposed to be (Scott Olsen, Taylor Tankersley, Sergio Mitre). Johnson and Nolasco look good but for one reason or another the rest of the rotation is full of question marks and the bullpen…well, that’s just not going to keep this team in the fight. Leo Nunez would be a decent setup man on some other team but he’s no closer on this one. The bullpen was a weak spot last year and the Feesh have done nothing at all really to bolster it.”
    Maybe they stick with that assessment because other teams make the same assessment, so you can’t trade them, and they are still too valuable to cut. I don’t know what happened to Tankersley. I was hoping that the RS would trade for him way back when. I’m not sure what you mean about Miller. Are you saying that 5 minor league IPs is not sufficient before promoting someone?
    I have a lot of confidence in the Marlins this year. Health will be an issue since virtually all small market teams are thin (probably the largest divide between the rich/poor) but like you said, the BP has the capacity for disaster. The Nunez trade was a clean steal, but he is borderline worst in the league as a closer, and even beyond that, they are still thin.

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