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.