It may be nothing more than that, but according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, the Marlins were among teams in attendance to check out Mike Lowell’s exhibition debut against the Orioles on Monday.
According to Spencer, the Marlins have at least discussed the idea internally, though reacquiring the 36-year-old would likely be a backup plan. The Marlins are currently weighing if Logan Morrison or Gaby Sanchez are ready to play first base, or if Rule 5 selection Jorge Jimenez is a possibility to start at third base. If recovered from December thumb surgery, Lowell could be a reasonable alternative at third, with Jorge Cantu moving back to first.
Lowell, of course, played seven years in Florida and is the franchise’s all-time leader in home runs (143).
The Red Sox will likely have to eat the majority of Lowell’s remaining $12 million salary in any deal.
Jon Morosi reports that the Blue Jays and starter Marco Estrada are nearing an agreement on a contract extension. The deal is expected to be for one guaranteed year, Morosi adds.
Estrada, 34, was set to become a free agent after the season. He earned $26 million on a two-year contract signed with the Jays in November 2015. While the right-hander has a subpar 4.84 ERA on the season, he has a solid 170/67 K/BB ratio in 176 2/3 innings and has looked much better since the end of July. Between July 31 and his most recent start on Saturday, Estrada owns a 3.75 ERA.
J.A. Happ is the only other starter technically under contract with the Jays next season. Marcus Stroman will be eligible for his second year of arbitration and the Jays will certainly agree to give him a raise on his $3.4 million salary for the 2017 season. The Jays will likely be active this offseason in adding rotation help and they’re starting early by locking up Estrada.
Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. robbed Orioles first baseman Chris Davis of his 25th home run on Tuesday evening, leaping at the fence in center field to make the catch and keep the game scoreless in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Davis swung at the first pitch he saw from Drew Pomeranz, a slider that crossed the middle of the plate.
This game has potential playoff implications, as the first-place Red Sox hold a three-game lead over the Yankees in the NL East. Meanwhile, the Orioles are still in the AL Wild Card race, trailing the Twins by 5.5 games for the second Wild Card slot.