"Tomorrow should be a good day," Lowell said to ESPN's Gordon Edes, however, after Monday's game. Perhaps, at long last, Lowell will be freed from one of the more ridiculous situations a ballplayer can be asked to go through the whole season.
Lowell will either be released, traded or activated.
The latter option was not even close to being an option until Monday night, once first baseman Kevin Youkilis left the game with a jammed finger. He's undergoing an MRI on Wednesday after experiencing swelling. A DL trip is not out of the realm of possibility, in which Lowell would suddenly find himself available to play first base.
That ship may have sailed, however, as its apparent both sides are absolutely sick of each other.
Lowell is a possibility to be traded after clearing trade waivers, but it's unknown if he has already been placed on said waivers or cleared. However, if he has, he could be traded to a team fairly quickly. The Red Sox reportedly had engaged a few teams in talks on Lowell but could not consummate anything by the time the deadline rolled around.
The most likely outcome has Lowell being released, although one may question why it took Boston a couple extra days to make that move.
Either way, the four teams that figure to be most interested in Lowell are the Marlins, Phillies, Twins and Yankees.
The Marlins would represent a homecoming for Lowell, who could step seamlessly into the vacancy that Jorge Cantu left behind when dealt to the Rangers. He could also go back to his roots as Yankee, serving as Lance Berkman's platoon partner at DH and backing up Alex Rodriguez, a position the Yankees are trying to fill.
The Twins have long been connected to Lowell as well, and he would provide a boost to the team's playoff hopes. The Phillies have Chase Utley out for an extended period and no starting third baseman with Placido Polanco moving to the keystone position. Lowell could supplant Greg Dobbs at the position. With Ryan Howard's latest injury and possible trip to the DL, Lowell might become even more coveted by Philly.
Either way, Lowell's tenure in a Red Sox uniform seems to finally and mercifully be coming to an end.
It's only a shame that one of the best third basemen in Red Sox history with a 2007 World Series MVP award had to end his tenure this way.
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