Phillies GM Ruben Amaro has spoken with Boston about the availability of third baseman Mike Lowell, according to SI's Jon Heyman.Lowell, who turned down a four-year contract from the Phillies two years ago in favor of a three-year, $37 million deal to stay in Boston, is allegedly on the block, with the Red Sox reportedly willing to pick up half of the $12 million owed to him next season. The 35-year-old third baseman missed large portions of the last two seasons, hitting .290/.337/.474 with 17 homers and 75 RBIs in 2009. Heyman described the talks between Amaro and the Sox as "brief."
In other news, 36-year-old catcher Chris Coste has signed a split contract with the Mets and will be added to their 40-man roster. Coste, who hit .224/.301/.317 with a pair of homers in 88 games between Philadelphia and Houston, refused an outright assignment to Triple-A Round Rock yesterday and became a free agent. The Phillies placed Coste on waivers in July and he was picked up by Houston. The Mets, who had been talking with Henry Blanco and could still be seeking additional catching, also resigned infielder Alex Cora today to a 1-year, $2 million deal.
Beerleaguer: Lowell is an interesting option. He fits my first criteria: he can field the position, which makes him at least as attractive as Beltre for a variety of reasons.