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Mike Lowell might make sense in Anaheim

May 31, 2010, 9:16 AM EDT

Mike Lowell 2.jpgSean McAdam, while noting that no conversations have occurred to this effect, observes that Mike Lowell might be a good fit with the Angels.

Makes sense: LAAofA just lost Kendry Morales for the year, they have a swirling vortex of suck at third base right now in the form of Brandon Wood and their DH — Hideki Matsui — has been less than effective. Lowell fits in all three of those slots.

McAdam quotes insiders who observe that the Angels tend to try to fill holes internally if at all possible. That’s great, but at some point you have too many holes.  Brandon Wood stinks? Fine, that was always possible. Matsui? No worries, give Mike Napoli a day off behind the dish and hope that limited play causes Godzilla to spring back to life.  But those two and no first baseman? Maybe too much to overcome.

It’s hard to see Anaheim wanting to give up too much for Lowell, but it’s not at all clear that they’d have to either. One gets the sense that the Boston brass is sensitive to the fact that Lowell is simply dangling right now. Yeah, it’s a business and all but you have to figure they want to do right by the guy and give him a chance to play.

The biggest barrier to this? Probably the fact that there’s a decent chance that both the Sox and the Angels have wild card aspirations, so why would one team want to help the other before it’s clear whether there’s going to be a race or not.

  1. The Rabbit - May 31, 2010 at 4:35 PM

    As you pointed out, third base has been a vortex of suck and Godzilla has been inconsistent this year. Remove the barrier and Mike Lowell is a very good fit for the Angels.
    BTW: Before Mathis was hurt, Scoscia (with the same rationale as Bochy uses regarding Posey as a starting catcher) started him in the majority of games behind the plate, even though the Saberstats show that Napoli would win more games with his bat than he would lose with his defense. With the fluke injury to Kendry Morales, Napoli will start (and did start yesterday) at first when he isn’t catching. Napoli has been smoking the ball in May.

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