The Phillies need a thirdbaseman. The Red Sox need to get rid of a thirdbaseman. I'm thinking swap meet. Mike Lowell is in the last year of his contract and is set to make $12M. However, it's being reported that Theo Epstein may be willing to eat half the contract to move him to make room for slugging Padres firstbaseman Adrian Gonzalez. At $6M for 1 year and a stopgap plan at 3rd, I'd do it. The BoSox probably wouldn't want much of a prospect in return for Lowell, since the trade would be more of a salary dump. Lowell was extremely durable for most of his career, playing through pain Chase Utley style, but the last 2 seasons have seen him land on the DL and play less than 120 games each year. However, when in the lineup his bat is still produtive (.290, 17 hr, 75 rbi, .811 OPS). He will be 36 years old in 2010, and he still plays adequate defense. Envisioning his bat in the 7-hole of the Phils lineup brings a smile to my face.
Although Lowell wouldn't be my first choice for 3rd, he may be the best choice. No draft picks will be surrendered when signing him (as would be the case with Beltre or DeRosa), and he's not out of the Phils price range like Chone Figgins. Get a quality utility infielder that can play 3rd to give Lowell a breather, and you've got yourself a solid infield again.