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Rangers exploring deal for Boston's Lowell

Posted on: December 10, 2009 12:17 am
Edited on: December 10, 2009 1:41 am

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Rangers and Red Sox are exploring a potential deal that would send third baseman Mike Lowell to Texas, and discussions have moved past the inquiry stage and turned serious, a source close to the negotiations told on Wednesday night.

Lowell would go to Texas for minor-league catcher Max Ramirez. The Red Sox would pick up the tab on either the entire $12 million salary due Lowell in 2010, or almost all of it.

"I can't say that it's going to happen," the source said. "But there are discussions."

The Rangers want to add a right-handed bat but are limited by owner Tom Hicks' financial trouble as to what they can do. There was speculation earlier this winter that they would go after free agent outfielder Jermaine Dye, but he's currently looking for a multi-year deal worth $8 to $9 million a season, and one Rangers' source said that's too far out of their range.

As for Lowell, though he will be 36 on opening day in 2010 and underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip before the '09 season, he hit 17 homers and collected 75 RBI for the Red Sox last summer. The Rangers would move him around, spotting him at first base, third base and designated hitter in an effort to keep him fresh and his hip healthy.

The purpose of moving Lowell for the Red Sox would be to clear space in the lineup for the addition of another big addition. It is not a salary dump, because Boston would still be paying most of the freight for Lowell.

The replacement for Lowell could wind up being free agent third baseman Adrian Beltre. Boston is described as being "in the mix" for Beltre by a source close to the third baseman, who is looking for a multi-year contract. The Red Sox also could attempt to resurrect trade talks for San Diego first baseman Adrian Gonzalez -- or add a different first baseman -- and move Kevin Youkilis over to third.


Since: Mar 1, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2009 11:23 am

Rangers exploring deal for Boston's Lowell

It was a discussion topic during the seaon on WEEI and it also came up in the PROJO a few times.  Lowell was unhappy about his playing time in the second half of the season.

Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2009 1:18 pm
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Since: Mar 23, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2009 12:20 pm

Rangers exploring deal for Boston's Lowell

Where is everyone hearing that Max Ramirez is a stud?  He's struggled adjusting to AAA and he is not very good behind the plate.  He may indeed have some upside but this is simply a throw-in for the Sox to add some depth. 

I don't agree with moving Lowell unless they are going after a marquee 3B or 1B.  A Gonzalez is a perfect fit, but he is the Padres, and they will not part with him without pillaging the Sox farm system.  They won't even deal Kouzmanoff without a ridiculous return.  I don't know the status of Boston's farm system, but it would be decimated if they went after A Gonzalez.  Still, Epstein is nothing if not creative, so maybe this does go through. 

Also, I'm not so sure that sentiment would have anything to do with keeping Lowell.  Any possible trade is going to involve  Boston eating most or all of his contract.  And his numbers the last 2 years have been solid (17 HR, 75 rbi) in only 120 games (425 ABs).  His health is a concern, but with the lack of good options out there this year at 1B/3B, why not wait until next year since they already have him under contract?  Just sign a $2 mill insurance policy like Mike Jacobs and hope Lowell can give you 120-130 games. 

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2009 10:33 am

Rangers exploring deal for Boston's Lowell

  Lowell is one of the most reliable run producers on the team .

Wait, What? The guy can't stay on the field and he's an old 36. He breaks down every year; I love the guy, but I would say he's anything but reliable. Max Ramirez is a stud catching prospect and although V-Mart has some years left in him, he's also in his 30's and this will give the Sox the option of not having to shell out serious cash to re-sign him when that time comes. Love this deal with the exception of eating Lowell's contract.

Since: Dec 10, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2009 10:15 am

Rangers exploring deal for Boston's Lowell

As a Sox fan, I too do not like the idea, but I really do think it is sentimental. Thinking back to the parade after 2007 with the signs "re-sign Lowell" He is a great guy, and I agree about clubhouse spirit. But I think that if Theo is moving Lowell there has to be a plan for a First or Third baseman, with Youk being the moveable person. When my wife heard the news, Lowell being her favorite player, she said that she will stop being a Red Sox fan and root for the yankees. I told her I would divorce her, kidding of course! Or am I? 

Since: Feb 23, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2009 10:15 am

Rangers exploring deal for Boston's Lowell

Mike Lowell was the Best thrown in we ever had to take. He more than performed for us. While we want to be sentimental and keep Lowell, this is a business. A business of winning World Series. Sorry to say but moving Lowell may not be a bad idea. In Theo we must trust. Before long Lowell and Ortiz MUST be replaced. For the right deal(s) I would move either or both today.

Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2009 9:49 am

Rangers exploring deal for Boston's Lowell

Ramirez is expendable because Texas has three catchers he  is highly touted and his minor league numbers are great ,the thinking here is Sox are thinking future catcher, But this all you can get for Mike Lowell come on Boston plus paying his salary and please do not bring in Beltre he is a bust and not to mention if you are bringing a potential catcher VMart is going to play some first base what does this do for Tek?

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2009 9:44 am

Rangers exploring deal for Boston's Lowell

Max Ramirez is a real deal hitting prospect. This would be a bad deal for Texas. Sure Lowell will help for a year or 2. BUT, rmairez might rake for 10 + years fro boston OR texas. Not the best defensive catcher. Thye moved him to play alittle first base in the minors. He actually should be listed as a 1B not a catcher.

Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2009 9:43 am

Rangers exploring deal for Boston's Lowell

I agree with you fully on an aging Lowell.  I'd love to see the guy back someday as a hitting coach or base coach or some other capacity.  That being said I hope they do not sign Beltre.  Over rated 3B and his numbers have been declining the last fews years.  If they do end up trading Lowell and losing Bay in the OF you will have a huge hole in the lineup.  I think there is a much bigger move in the works we don't know about yet - say a Gonzalez from SD coming in to play 1B and moving Youk to 3B.  This trade of Lowell is just a start for Theo and the Sox, let's wait and see what happens next. 

Since: Oct 14, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2009 9:08 am

Rangers exploring deal for Boston's Lowell

If this is a move to bring Adrian Gonzalez to Boston then great. Youk can move to third and they dealt a productive but yet aging player
to make room for a young potential superstar..............If its a move to bring Adrian Beltre to Boston...........OMG what are they thinking.

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