Red Sox designate Julio Lugo for assignment

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As expected the Red Sox dropped Julio Lugo from the roster this afternoon by designating him for assignment, which means that they have 10 days to either trade or release him.

Finding a trade partner is still possible if the Red Sox are willing to
eat nearly all of Lugo’s remaining contract, which pays him $9 million
this season and another $9 million in 2010. He’s hitting reasonably
well at .284/.352/.367 and his lack of range following knee surgery
would be less of an issue with a move to second base, but at this point
an outright release seems more likely.

Jed Lowrie is set to come off the disabled list tomorrow after missing
three months following wrist surgery, so he’ll take over at shortstop
with Nick Green moving into the utility man role that best suits his
skills. Signed to a four-year, $36 million deal in December of 2006,
Lugo ended up hitting .251/.319/.346 while rating 6.1 runs below average defensively and sitting out 35 percent of the Red Sox’s games.

Daniel Murphy will miss the start of the season

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Daniel Murphy said today that he will not be ready for Opening Day and will start the year on the disabled list.

Murphy had microfracture knee surgery last October. While he has been able to take batting practice and field ground balls, his lateral movement is still limited. In his absence — which is not expected to last past mid-April or so — Howie Kendrick will get the bulk of the playing time at second base.

Murphy hit .322/.384/.543, smacked 23 homers and knocked in 93 RBI in 2017.