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The Red Sox are openly shopping third baseman Mike Lowell and are said to be willing to eat half of his $12 million contract for 2010 if it greases the skids.

This could impact the Cardinals in a couple of ways. First, if the Red Sox can clip some of Lowell's money out of their budget picture, that might make the difference between shopping for Jason Bay at an estimated $15 million or so a year and Matt Holliday at an asking price of $18 million a year or more.

But the even more scary part of the equation is the thought that the Cardinals could sort of use a third baseman, with the unproven David Freese at the top of the depth chart. They could also use a bat in the middle of the order to give Albert Pujols some protection and, knowing the Cardinals, it is easy to see how they could make a move for a bargain priced player who in on the downward side of his career.

Mike Lowell isn't the answer to either Cardinals question. So, all I can do is hope that no one esle wants him either so the Red Sox financial hands stay at tightly bound as possible.