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Marlins fishing for Lowell?

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  March 16, 2010 02:30 PM

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A blog post by the Miami Herald mentioned that the Marlins had a scout in Fort Myers yesterday. It also so happened that Mike Lowell was playing first base and the Marlins could use a first baseman.

Therefore, the Marlins are interested in Mike Lowell. Right?

Well, maybe. It's worth noting that every major league team has scouts in Florida and Arizona during spring training and their job is to see as many games as they can. On a given day, 20-25 scouts will be on hand for a game.

Their job is look for possible waiver claims, trade candidates, etc. That Mike Lowell was playing first base was likely a happy coincidence more than anything else.

Also keep in mind that the Sox do not want to eat all $12 million of Lowell's contract. Texas was willing to pick up $3 million and that is $3 million more than the Marlins would.

It'll take time (perhaps even into the regular season) and a few more games, but the market for Lowell will develop and the Sox will get back a player or two.

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In other news, lefty Armando Zerpa was returned to the Red Sox by the Dodgers. Zerpa, 23, was a Rule 5 draft pick in December by the Rays then traded to the Dodgers. It became evident quickly that he would not stick with Los Angeles, so they shipped him back to the Sox.

The Sox ended up making $25,000, half what it cost the Rays to take him. Drinks are on John Henry.

Zerpa had a 4.85 ERA and averaged 8.2 strikeouts per nine innings last season in Class A ball. But he also walked 6.4 over nine.

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