Lowell Still Likely To Retire After Season

Boston infielder Mike Lowell told reporters that he's still likely to retire after this season, writes Alex Speier of WEEI.  Lowell first suggested that 2010 would be his final season back in April.

"I'm pretty much set in knowing what I'm going to do after this year," the four-time All-Star said.  "It will be fun.  It will be fun enjoying my kids."

Injuries caused Lowell to play just 47 games this season in which he hit .226/.305/.380 with four homers.  That slash line is a far cry from his career posting of .279/.342/.465 across 13 big league seasons.

The 36-year-old has been involved in trade rumors since the last quarter of 2009 when he was nearly sent to Texas for catcher Max Ramirez.  However, a torn radial collateral ligament in Lowell's right thumb caused the Rangers to get cold feet and back out of the swap.  There's still a possibility the veteran could finish the year elsewhere as he cleared waivers in early August.

Lowell has earned roughly $76.5MM in his career thanks in large part to the three-year, $37.5MM contract he signed with Boston in November of 2007.