“When I left the Marlins, I was disappointed. It turned to be a really good transition to me.”
Mike Lowell still remembers when, during Thanksgiving of 2005, he was traded with Josh Beckett and Guillermo Mota to the Boston Red Sox.
He also remembers that 2005 season: He hit just .236 and eight homers and had 58 RBI in 150 games.
It was a year when the Florida Marlins picked up Carlos Delgado and pitching help to be a National League contender, but they did not succeed.
That success came two years later in 2007.
Lowell had the best season of his career offensively, hitting .324 with 21 homers and 120 RBI, and he was one of the key players for his Red Sox World Series sweep of the Colorado Rockies.
The four-time All-Star was eventually selected as the World Series Most Valuable Player.
He did such a good job that the 35-year-old veteran won a $37.5 million, three-year contract.
But injuries started to catch up with him.
After playing most of the 2008 season injured, he decided at the end of that season to undergo hip surgery. The recovery did not go as expected.
He could not play for Team Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic, and he played much of 2009 with discomfort. Still, he hit .290 with 17 homers and 75 RBI in 119 games.
At the end of the season, the Red Sox management decided to go another way and signed Adrian Beltre as the new third baseman after five seasons with the Seattle Mariners.
Lowell was almost sent to the Texas Rangers in exchange for prospect catcher Max Ramirez, but the trade failed.
It was discovered through an MRI that Lowell had a torn ligament on his right thumb. It was the same thumb he hurt the last weekend of the regular season when he fouled a ball off his finger.
At the moment, Lowell looks like he is a bench man in Terry Francona’s dugout.
No matter if he’s healthy enough, third base is now the property of the newly-acquired Beltre.
It may be pure fantasy, but why not have Lowell come back to his hometown Miami and play again for the Marlins?
The Fish could move Jorge Cantu back to first base. And let’s not forget, he could be a needed power hitter behind Cantu, Hanley Ramirez, and Dan Uggla. Honestly, there is still a lot of doubt about prospect Gaby Sanchez.
No doubt Lowell is a fan favorite. He was one of the heroes of the 2003 World Series championship and is the all-time Marlin leader in several offensive categories.
Lowell back to Miami? Maybe. Let’s wait until Apr. 4 before we call it a done deal.
If he doesn’t end up with the Marlins, Lowell, if healthy enough, will probably not be in Boston on opening day anyway. Only time will tell.