With Alex Rodriguez almost assuredly heading back to New York, Nick Cafardo reports Mike Lowell might find that Boston is the only place that wants him … at third base.
Could it be that the only options Mike Lowell has at the moment are to join the New York Yankees as a first baseman on 4-year, $52 million deal or stay with the Red Sox and accept a 3-year deal in the $36-$39 million range?
That could very well be the case.
Never mind the defensive switch — which I would imagine a Gold Glover who still plays excellent defense at third would be loathe to do — I’m sure Lowell knows very well these two sets of numbers:
Career at Fenway Park:
.316/.375/.512 in 683 PAs (.887 OPS, 118 OPS+ where 100 is his personal average).
Career at Yankee Stadium
.278/.330/.456 in 97 PAs (.786 OPS, 93 OPS+).
If, just for kicks (because it’s really not that useful), you adjust his stats to a full season, that would be 25 HR and 120 RBI as a third baseman in the Fens, just 17 HR and 63 RBI as a first baseman in the Bronx.
Come on, Mike. Come on home.