Mike Lowell isn’t optimistic the Red Sox will let him go to another team that will give him more playing time.
"I don’t think they’re going to release me," the reserve infielder told ESPNBoston.com on Saturday. "I think that’s been addressed. I’ve got no say. What do you want me to do?"
Boston unsuccessfully tried to trade Lowell before he went on the disabled list June 24 because of a hip injury. He is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab stint Thursday after receiving a cortisone shot.
"I don’t know if it’s specifically because I might beat them," Lowell replied when asked if the Sox were afraid to let him leave. "I just don’t think they want me to go to another team while they pay my salary."
Lowell is owed more than $5 million for the rest of the season. "At this point, they’re not going to get anything [in a trade]. You’re going to get a subpar prospect at best," he said. "There’s too much time left in the season, they’re not going to get money.
"I don’t know to what lengths and what teams have spoken with them. Maybe nobody wants me. Maybe there are four that want me. I’ve been hearing a lot of different things. I just don’t know."