The Boston Red Sox have been dealt a heavy blow by losing their third baseman and veteran leader Mike Lowell for at least 15 days. Who knows who will replace Lowell at third. Will Kevin Youkilis move across the diamond? Will the Red Sox make a trade for another infielder? Will the Red Sox call someone up from the farm? Who knows. This article looks to break down all the possibilities.
Outside the organization
I doubt the Red Sox will trade for a player if Lowell will be out for only 15 days. If Lowell is placed on the 60-day DL, they may look to acquire a replacement.
Mark Teahen, Kansas City Royals
Teahen can play virtually every position except pitcher and catcher. Teahen can also hit pretty good, although he's no Mike Lowell. This season Teahen's hitting .289 with nine home runs and 28 RBIs. He has 78 hits through 75 games.
Garret Atkins, Colorado Rockies
Atkins has been the everday third baseman for the Rockies since 2005. So far this season, Atkins has a .227 average with six home runs and 25 RBIs. He has 50 hits in 60 games.
Nick Johnson, Washington Nationals
Because Johnson's a natural first baseman, this may force Youkilis to play third. Johnson's also remarkably fragile, and could also spend some time on the DL. This season Johnson is hitting .295 with five homers and 33 RBI.
Hank Blalock, Texas Rangers
The Red Sox and Rangers almost pulled of this deal, with the Red Sox were supposedly going to trade reliever Takashi Saito. The Rangers pulled out of the trade when Josh Hamilton went down with an injury. The Rangers probably wanted Blalock's bat. So far this season, Blalock is hitting .237 with 14 home runs and 32 RBI. He has 51 hits in 58 games.
Inside the organization
If Lowell's laid up for just 15 days, this will likely be the route that the Red Sox will take.
This might only work if the Red Sox move Youkilis over to third. Kotsay did a decent job at first during the playoffs last season when Youkilis also had to play third because of Lowell's injury. This season, Kotsay's hitting .310 with one home run and two RBIs thus far.
Velazquez has had two at bats this season, but he is the best defensive player, and could be the solution to the Red Sox long-term.
Bailey was called up to replace Lowell on the active roster, and has played in 24 games this season. Bailey is a bit of an enigma defensively, and this may also result in Youkilis moving to third.
Anderson is the Red Sox' top prospect according to Baseball America. Anderson is currently at the AA Portland Sea Dogs. So far with the Sea Dogs, Anderson is hitting .258 with eight home runs and 36 RBI.
All these guys are potential solutions for the Red Sox, but the Sox could suprise us and choose someone completely out of the blue.