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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 CBSSports.com 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.

Comments

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

Rangers exploring deal for Boston's Lowell

"who else are you thinking for third for Boston?"

How about Youkilis ........... and then add a first baseman. Or maybe even (gasp!) Ortiz play the field at first?



Since: Dec 26, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2009 9:04 am
 

Rangers exploring deal for Boston's Lowell

Please no, this sounds a lot like dumping DeRosa for Milton Bradley. Beltre sucks; always has.



Since: Mar 8, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2009 8:46 am
 

Rangers exploring deal for Boston's Lowell

The trade was made now.



Since: Apr 12, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2009 7:43 am
 

Rangers exploring deal for Boston's Lowell

nice well thought out statement, nice to see from a Yankee fan for a Red Sox subject instead of the usaul bashing eachother

have a good one



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2009 7:32 am
 

Rangers exploring deal for Boston's Lowell

He (Lowell) will turn into a clubhouse disruption if he isn't getting his desired amount of at bats as we saw towards the end of 2009.  What are you talking about? I follow the Sox and I've NEVER heard a story remotely like this from 2009. Do you have a link?



Since: Mar 1, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2009 7:25 am
 

Rangers exploring deal for Boston's Lowell

Anytime you can add a young catcher to your system when the position has been historically scarce you do it.  Rememeber Victor Martinez is also 31 already.  Mike Lowell has seen his better days.  Lowell will not last the entire year.  Not to mention he was slow as a turtle to begin with now he can't run at all.  Thank you Texas for showing interest in Lowell.  This is a business and Mike Lowell just doesn't make sense in Boston anymore.  He will turn into a clubhouse disruption if he isn't getting his desired amount of at bats as we saw towards the end of 2009.  The deal makes perfect sense.



Since: Mar 23, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2009 4:12 am
 

Rangers exploring deal for Boston's Lowell

Did anyone actually see Beltre play last year?  He was awful, and he's asking for $11+mill & a long-term deal.  The Sox will be eating most of Lowell's contract anyway ($8-9 mill).  I just can't see how this could possibly be a good trade for Boston.  He'll be hitting #8 in that lineup by early June.  It seems like a lateral move at best.  I just don't get it. 

They are better off going after Cantu (everyone on the Marlins roster is for sale) or DeRosa (who's much more versatile).  Both would be much cheaper, and better, options.  That said, I'm glad the Sox are this interested in Beltre, because that means my Giants won't make the horrific mistake of signing him. 



Since: Mar 23, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2009 2:52 am
 

Rangers exploring deal for Boston's Lowell

Reports are saying they will move Lowell and probably sign Beltre. Honestly, Beltre is less of an injury risk and has more offensive upside. Lowell is probably a bit more rickety than the Red Sox want.

Beltre isn't going to be godly for Boston, but can he outproduce Lowell, I'd say almost certainly. Additionally, he goes well with the steroids theme that Boston has going.

And Ozzy, outside of Figgins, who signed, and Kouzmanoff, who would be a trade situation, I certainly wouldn't see Feliz going there after his season last year, who else are you thinking for third for Boston?



Since: Nov 26, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2009 2:42 am
 

Rangers exploring deal for Boston's Lowell

If your a Sox fan, you should be pleased about this!! This guy is aging, numbers are dropping, lets not forget his speed, and also his numbers are beginning to deep prior from the '08 campaign. Mike Lowell is a great guy, don't get me wrong, but baseball is about business and talent, and if both don't intertwine then things won't work out. Lowell becomes a rip-off contract wise as his numbers aren't good enough for a $13 million dollar salary. If the Red Sox want a chance at surpassing the Yankees next year, they need to explore options on other 3rd baseman in the league such as Adrian Beltre. That guy is younger and has a tad more pop but he is regressing somewhat. Maybe a change in scenery from a re-building franchise to a contender, could support confidence in his swing.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2009 1:58 am
 

Rangers exploring deal for Boston's Lowell

Hopefully they have a pretty good idea that they can trade for gonzalez, or maybe even Miguel Cabrera.  I'd have to say I would part with Lowell for Cabrera, although it would be sad to see him go.  I'm not sure how I would feel about giving him up for Adrian Beltre though.


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