Rebuilding can be a tough time, as any remodeling home owner can so testify. Rebuilding a major league baseball team is not any easier.

The Red Sox are rebuilding, abiding by the adage that standing still in MLB from one year to the next is really moving backward.

Theo Epstein has referred to the moment as a “bridge period” for the Red Sox.

The imminent trade of Mike Lowell to Texas, pending medical clearances, will open up the third base spot.

Last year was tough on Lowell. The body appeared noncooperative at times and that made it painful for Lowell to play. He will be a free agent next year.

If the Sox are going to move Lowell, now is the time. They want a better defensive infield and are on their way to that goal.

Marco Scutaro has been added to short, and it appears if the Lowell deal goes through, they will seek out Adrian Beltre for third.

There is another option for Boston. With Youkilis available to play either first or third, if the try for Beltre falls through, the Sox could seek a player for either position, increasing their options to cover the Lowell loss, and play Youkilis where needed.

Victor Martinez is solid as catcher for a couple of years and Jason Varitek will back up. The search will be in earnest on who they want to move into the Martinez spot, but they have time for that.

Jason Bay was in no hurry to re-sign with the Sox and there were rumors last year that Seattle was a team he favored. The Mariners are in the running to do a deal with Bay, and the Mets appear ready to offer some big dollars as well.

That hole in left without Bay is a chasm. Boston will reportedly save some $3 million with a Lowell deal, but will that add enough to the kitty to again attract Bay or the likes of Matt Holliday?

Even more important, how much more are the Red Sox ready to add to their payroll?

Now is not the time for the Sox to reduce their chances due to cash.

Pitching is the neverending need for all teams and a look at the free agent lists each year shows the ages are going up as to those available and so are the prices.

The Sox are fortunate to have the likes of Josh Beckett, Clay Buchholz, Jon Lester, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Tim Wakefield, even if some of those players are to be part of trades.

That starting depth together with a quality pen makes the need to fill the everyday positions with the best available paramount.

Teams in this day and age, even the Red Sox, don’t have that kind of pitching depth every year. When you have it, you have to try and win now.