San Francisco Giants: New Option Emerges For Third Base

Greg CaggianoSenior Writer IDecember 9, 2008

The exciting offseason continues for Major League Baseball. New rumors are popping out left and right revolving big name free agents and where they will land.

And trade rumors also seem to be heating up.

With the Giants solidifying the bullpen, only one thing remains and that's landing a decent hitter. Rumor of Jonathon Sanchez being traded to the Marlins for first/third baseman Jorge Cantu heated up to the point where it was even put on the Giants official website. But it's now safe to say that the deal will not fall through.

Instead, a new option emerges for the Giants at third base, and that's Mike Lowell of the Boston Red Sox.

Lowell, 34, played in 113 games for the Sox last year while batting .274 and hitting 17 home runs and driving in 73.

For a team that is actively pursuing Mark Teixeira, they would no longer need Lowell since Kevin Youklis would move from first to third base. That also means the asking price will not be too expensive as the Giants will be able to hold onto Jonathon Sanchez and their other prized pitchers.

If the Giants agree to pay Lowell's salary, they will most likely send a low level package of two prospects or so to the Red Sox. If they ask the Sox to pay part of the contract, they will have to send a better prospect, perhaps someone who is ready to jump right into the majors.

If this trade does happen, expect Pablo Sandoval to be the mainstay at first, with John Bowker backing him up and getting some time in the outfield. Travis Ishikawa will also end up being Lowell's backup, if the situation arises.