Monday, June 18, 2018

Should The Sox Reunite With Old Friend And Current Athletic Jed Lowrie?

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In an interesting article by Dave Latham of the website Red Sox Unfiltered, a case is made for adding a right-handed bat that can help the team's woeful performance against left-handed pitching. In fact, The Carmine Hose are batting a measly .235 against port-siders—with a pathetic .298 on-base percentage. One suggested trade target is former Red Sox infielder Jed Lowrie—who is having a very nice season for the Oakland A's. The now 34-year-old Lowrie is hitting .284, with 9 HRs and 20 doubles (and he's hitting .305 against lefties this year). He is in the last year of his contract and is a logical guy to be peddled by a team known for peddling at the deadline. Lowrie—as a legitimate second-baseman—could take over that spot until Dustin Pedroia can fully return to the line-up (something that is, frankly, unclear at this point). Once The Laser Show does return, Lowrie can "spell" Pedroia and keep him "fresh" for the post-season (as well as serve in a standard utility role). It makes perfect sense. It's not clear what Billy Beane would demand in return for Lowrie, but it shouldn't be that much (maybe Blake Swihart and a low prospect). This is a transaction that makes too much sense not to happen.