There's one problem with trading Lowell

Teams have other safer, cheaper options at third base

Updated: December 2, 2009, 12:40 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

The supposition that the Red Sox will trade third baseman Mike Lowell, even if it means picking up a large chunk of the $12 million due him in 2010, ignores one fundamental aspect of the free-agent market this winter:

For teams looking to make an upgrade at third, there are plenty of other options available, minus the uncertainty surrounding Lowell's health, at a cost that in most cases would favorably compare to what it would take to land Lowell, and one that would not require giving up ...

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