Scout: Mike Lowell not moving well

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Gordon Edes passes along word that scouts are saying that Mike Lowell “isn’t moving well.”  Edes notes, however, that Mike Lowell never really moved well anyway.  Edes has a point.

For his part, one Miami writer thinks the Feesh should bring back Lowell.  I suppose warm and fuzzy memories count for something, but unless the Red Sox ate virtually the entire amount of his contract there’s no way Florida would do it. 

Bryce Harper will participate in the Home Run Derby if he makes the All-Star team

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Bryce Harper has, in recent years, declined participation in the Home Run Derby, with his last go at it coming in 2013, losing to Yoenis Cespedes in the final round. With the All-Star Game taking place at Nationals Park in Washington, however, he has changed his mind, saying today that he will compete if he is selected for the All-Star team.

Harper is currently second in voting among National League outfielders, so he stands a pretty good chance of making it. Even if he falls off in the voting, you have to assume that the powers that be will nudge NL manager A.J. Hinch to select Harper as a reserve, partially because of his actual power — he does have 19 homers so far this year — but mostly for his star power.

Simply put, you know dang well that both Major League Baseball and the Nationals want a home town guy with big time star power in the Derby, even if he’s not having as good a year as he’s capable of. As such, figure to see Harper hitting long balls in D.C. on July 16.