Report: Phillies Talk With Red Sox About Mike Lowell

Report: Phillies Talk With Red Sox About Mike Lowell Back in 2007, right after Mike Lowell was crowned World Series MVP and became a free agent, the only team that had any chance of prying him away from Boston was Philadelphia.

Two years later, the Phillies are in the hunt for Boston's third baseman once again. Lowell isn't a free agent, but the Phillies need a third baseman to replace Pedro Feliz, and the Red Sox seem to be open to trading him.

According to SI's Jon Heyman, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro had a "brief talk" with the Red Sox about the possibility of bringing Lowell to Philadelphia. However, Heyman says that the chances of Lowell being dealt to Philly are relatively low; Amaro is more likely to pursue free-agent third basemen such as Mark DeRosa, Placido Polanco, Adrian Beltre or Miguel Tejada.

In 2007, the Phillies reportedly offered Lowell a four-year, $50 million deal that Lowell was very close to accepting before deciding to give Boston a hometown discount. He eventually accepted a three-year, $37.5 million deal from the Sox.

In 2009, the 35-year-old Lowell hit .290 with 17 homers and 75 RBIs in 119 games. His 2008 season was marred by injuries; he eventually underwent hip surgery prior to the 2009 season.

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