Boston Red Sox Rumors: Is former Sox IF Jed Lowrie the answer at 3B?

SEATTLE, WA - JULY 6: Jed Lowrie
SEATTLE, WA - JULY 6: Jed Lowrie /

The Boston Red Sox are exploring all options at third base, including the possible return of former player Jed Lowrie.

With the MLB trade deadline approaching, Boston Red Sox fans are wondering if the team will make a move to improve at third base.

Indications are certainly pointing in that direction.  Rumors have been heavy around deals involving either Chicago White Sox slugger Todd Frazier and Miami Marlins third baseman Martin Prado.

Now, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the team is very interesting in brining Oakland Athletics infielder Jed Lowrie back to Boston.

Lowrie would be an interesting option.  Since leaving the team back in 2011, the 33-year-old infielder has made a few stops in his MLB career.  Now, in his second tenure with the Athletics, Lowrie is batting .272 with 10 homers and 33 RBIs in 87 games.  Those numbers are already high and above the production the Red Sox have gotten from that position.

While Frazier is the sexy choice, Lowrie has played in Boston before and could adapt quickly.  His versatility in the infield makes him an option at third base.  Furthermore, he would give the Red Sox a backup option for Dustin Pedroia should he suffer another injury.

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Offensively, Jed Lowrie is not the power hitter Boston is seeking, but he has enough pop in his bat to give the struggling offense a jolt.

Again, Lowrie is a fallback option in case a player like Frazier demands too high of a price in a potential deal.

Other options?

DENVER, CO – JULY 08: Todd Frazier
DENVER, CO – JULY 08: Todd Frazier /

It is apparent that Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski will make some sort of move.

First, Pablo Sandoval was designated for assignment, then Tzu-Wei Lin was sent back to Triple-A Pawtucket.  If a trade does not occur, it would be surprising given the fact that the Red Sox offense is struggling to produce runs.

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If the team does shy away from a deal, homegrown prospect Rafael Devers may get a shot.

He is a player who has hit his way through the minors this season and says he is motivated by the current dilemma the team is facing at the position.

"“It does (motivate me),” Devers said when asked about the team’s third base issues.  “It is out of my control, so there is nothing I can do about it.  The fact that there is an opportunity there does inspire and motivate me to work harder.”"

Devers would be a fun option, but the team may not want to risk his development.  For now, Frazier, Prado or Lowrie will give them what they need to compete for a World Series appearance.

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