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According to the Globe’s Peter Abraham, Red Sox corner infielder Mike Lowell is done with his rehab assignment in Pawtucket and is ready to come of the disabled list. After going 11-22 with four doubles, four home runs, and 10 RBI in five games at Triple-A, Lowell has left the PawSox, and is on track to be activated from the DL. But, that creates a problem.
If the Red Sox were to activate Lowell, that means they would have to drop either Eric Patterson, Darnell McDonald, Bill Hall, Jeremy Hermida, or Jed Lowrie from the active roster. Dropping any other player would be way too unlikely a scenario given their status with the team.
Thus, it would appear it’s do or die time for the Sox to make a trade. The Globe has reported that the Padres and Red Sox could work out a deal, as San Diego has a deep bullpen and a need for a middle infielder, though they just acquired Miguel Tejada from the Orioles. The Jed Hoyer/Theo Epstein connection also could help, as Hoyer is familiar with Lowrie and other Red Sox players. Perhaps the Sox ship Lowrie and Hermida to the Pads for a relief pitcher?
The Sox could also deal Lowell to a club looking for a bat, and the Twins, Tigers, and Angels have been connected to Lowell in the past. Mikey showed he can still hit after he destroyed AAA-pitching for five games, and it’s clear he can still hit at the major league level as well. The one problem with dealing Lowell is establishing his value. What is Lowell really worth? How much of his contract will the Red Sox have to pick up? Could the Red Sox get a quality reliever in return for Lowell’s services?
Many questions, and no answers yet. Either way, a decision will be made soon. The trade deadline is on Saturday, and the Red Sox have a couple days to figure it out. What do you think the Sox should do?