Scouts from the Marlins and other teams watched Red Sox infielder Mike Lowell make his spring training debut Monday, The Miami Herald reports.
Lowell played first base Monday and went 1-for-2 at the plate against the Orioles.
The Herald reports the Marlins may be in the market for a corner infielder, given their uncertainty at first and third base. Rookies Logan Morrison and Gaby Sanchez are competing at first, but if neither one seizes the opportunity, Florida might shift third baseman Jorge Cantu to first. That would leave a hole at third, which the 36-year-old Lowell could fill.
Any trade would have to include Boston paying most of Lowell’s $12 million salary for 2010. Boston reportedly was prepared to give the Rangers $9 million as part of a Lowell deal.
Lowell, whom the Marlins traded to the Red Sox in 2005 as part of the Josh Beckett deal, star underwent offseason surgery on his thumb and has been hobbled in recent years with a hip ailment. The thumb injury scuttled an offseason trade to the Rangers.