Stopping Short

Another Chamber of Commerce day in Fort Myers. Spotted out on the diamond taking ground balls early was Jed Lowrie who is in the only “one on one” battle this camp. Lowrie took over at shortstop after Julio Lugo injured his quad and played errorless ball at the position. Lugo is healthy and wants his job back. Lowrie told me that it isn’t personal but he feels he is the best candidate and wants the job. When told of Lowrie’s remarks Lugo laughed and responded “ha ha, we’ll have to see.” When asked if he would seek a trade, Lugo said he’d wait until the end of spring training.
I don’t think it will come to that. Lugo is due $18 million over the next two years, hardly a marketable commodity. With Mike Lowell’s status for the opener in doubt, look for Lowrie to get plenty of time at third base this spring. He most likely will assume the role of Alex Cora (utility infielder)who joined the Mets this winter.

Mike Lynch

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