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Report: Red Sox interested in Jed Lowrie

Ty Anderson
July 17, 2017 - 5:40 pm

A leave no stone unturned approach to addressing their year-long hole at third base has led the Red Sox to ex-Sox infielder Jed Lowrie, according to MLB Insider Jon Heyman.

“Have heard Red Sox very much like old friend Jed Lowrie, too, as written before,” Heyman tweeted, “so he's a possibility for them to play third base as well.”

The 33-year-old Lowrie is currently in his second stint with the Athletics (he’s bounced between the Astros and A’s since leaving the Red Sox), batting .272 and with 10 homers and 33 RBIs in 87 games this season. His 27 doubles are the most among all Oakland batters this season, eight more than Ryon Healy’s second-place 19.

Lowrie, who has a .339 on-base percentage and .794 OPS this year, is making $6.5 million this season, and has a club option for $6 million club option for 2018.

While not necessarily considered the best option available on the open market, the switch-hitting Lowrie can provide decent pop anywhere in the lineup, and is capable of playing third base (though he’s played second base almost exclusively this year).

A 2005 draft pick of the Red Sox, Lowrie played for the organization from 2008 through 2011, compiling 19 home runs, 117 RBIs, and a .252 batting average in 256 games.

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