Is Mike Lowell ready to hang 'em up?

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Thumbnail image for Mike Lowell headshot.jpgMike Lowell told reporters that he will “almost certainly” retire at the end of this season, according to Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe.

Lowell, 36, is in the final season of a three-year, $37.5 million contract, so it seems only appropriate. The .280/.343/.468 lifetime hitter has broken down in recent seasons and hasn’t fully recovered from hip surgery in October of 2008. A torn ligament in his right thumb nixed a potential trade to the Rangers over the winter.

Relegated to part-time duty with the presence of new third baseman Adrian Beltre, the Red Sox are still doing their best to unload Lowell, but they’ll likely have to shoulder the majority of his $12 million price tag for this season in order to do so.