The Detroit Tigers are looking to acquire Boston backup third baseman Mike Lowell to temporarily replace the injured Brandon Inge, according to Danny Knobler of CBS Sports.
Inge had been hitting .263 with a .755 OPS and was wielding a decent glove before landing on the disabled list for six weeks with a broken hand.
While Lowell is still owed a little less than $5 million this year and has spent most of the season languishing on the DL, he represents one of the most affordable short-term fixes at the hot corner currently on the market.
Lowell is just now looking to come off the disabled list and is scheduled to make a rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday, also according to Knobler. In 91 plate appearances at the Major League level this year, Lowell has hit .213 with 2 homers and a .658 OPS.
Since before Spring Training, it has been well known that the Red Sox would be willing to eat most of Lowell's salary in exchange for an ever diminishing level of prospective talent.
The last trade with which Lowell was publicly affiliated would have sent the 36-year-old former World Series MVP to Texas for catcher Max Ramirez. That deal fell through over Lowell's health. Although it seemed to resurface recently, there seems to be no pressing need in Texas for a player of Lowell's value.
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