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Boston, Texas deal for Lowell falls apart

Posted on: December 19, 2009 10:24 pm
Edited on: December 19, 2009 10:30 pm

One of the more intriguing trade agreements from the winter meetings earlier this month in Indianapolis fell apart Saturday when the Rangers nixed the proposed Mike Lowell deal because of the third baseman's thumb injury, has confirmed.

An examination of Lowell by specialists revealed that the injury, suffered late in the season, remains a problem: Lowell, according to sources, was found to have a torn radial collateral ligament in his right thumb, an injury that will require surgery following the holidays. Expected recovery time is six to eight weeks, which would mean that Lowell should be ready for spring training but might have to start slowly.

As part of the extensive physical examination the Rangers conducted, Lowell saw a hand specialist in Arizona on Friday and then met with other physicians in Arlington, Tex., on Saturday. The Rangers learned enough to scotch a deal that would have sent minor league catcher Max Ramirez and $3 million in cash to Boston with the Red Sox covering $9 million of Lowell's $12 million 2010 salary.

The Rangers have been looking for a middle-of-the-lineup bat and were hoping to use Lowell, who will be 36 on opening day, as a part-time designated hitter, first baseman and even spot him in at third base to give Michael Young the occasional day off.

Lowell, however, has an extensive injury history, most recently the thumb and a troublesome right hip. He underwent surgery on that, for a torn labrum, following the 2008 season. It was because of these two injuries in particular that the Rangers moved along at such a deliberate pace. While the framework of this deal was set in Indianapolis, officials from both clubs cautioned that several things needed to happen before it would be done.

Saturday's news is highly inconvenient for the Red Sox, who were hoping to move Lowell, clearing room for them to do two things: Add a middle-of-the-order bat who also upgrades the club defensively. Among other options, Boston has been courting free agent third baseman Adrian Beltre and keeping in touch with the Padres regarding a possible Adrian Gonzalez deal.

In the latter, which sources say remains an point of intrigue for Boston but is not close to happening, Gonzalez could play first base and Kevin Youkilis would slide over to third.

But the development with Lowell's thumb now will make it impossible for the Red Sox to deal him before spring training. Clubs with any interest will want to see him play first and make sure he's healthy. Lowell batted .290 with 17 homers and 75 RBIs for the Sox in '09 but hurt his thumb taking batting practice during the season's final week.

The news also isn't good for the Rangers, who are trying to add a strong right-handed bat but don't have much money. The club is up for sale amid owner Tom Hicks' serious financial problems. With Boston paying much of the freight for Lowell, the Rangers had found a fairly creative way to improve inexpensively.

Now, without Lowell, the Rangers will look elsewhere -- possibly to designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero, whose run with the Angels has all but come to an official end with Hideki Matsui joining them last week. Texas also is interested in free agent outfielder Jermaine Dye, but unless his demand decrease, the Rangers probably won't be able to be a player there.


Since: Aug 14, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2009 3:17 pm

Boston, Texas deal for Lowell falls apart

The Red Sox need Lowell.  He is a great third baseman with nice leadership, and a good bat.  They already lost Bay.  Why lose Lowell if you want to be a world series contender

Since: Apr 9, 2009
Posted on: December 21, 2009 5:47 pm

Boston, Texas deal for Lowell falls apart

I think he means that clubs will first want to see him play.  The wording is funny, but it makes sense.

Since: May 19, 2008
Posted on: December 21, 2009 4:25 pm

Boston, Texas deal for Lowell falls apart

The Red Sox can't lose on this one.  If they keep Lowell they keep a great leader, a good option at third and nice guy.  If the trade does go through they get their catcher of the future in Max and they give him a year to play AAA in the organization and soak up all the knowledge he can from 'Tek and Victor when he is called up.
As for the Cleveland fanatic out there, the Yankees, Tigers, Cubs, Phillys and Mets all had higher payrolls last year than the Red Sox.  The Angels, Dodgers and Astos are not very far behind.  The truth is that your ownership doesn't even reinvest the money they make from all their revenue streams.  Then they blow the $85 Million dollar payroll they do have by giving $13 M to a guy that never could do anything but DH, and he is having trouble with that now.
Wrap your mind around the DH being the highest paid player on your team and you begin to understand why they are the mistake by the lake.

Since: Jan 8, 2008
Posted on: December 21, 2009 8:01 am

Boston, Texas deal for Lowell falls apart

play first, as in see his play and make sure hes healthy before they make the trade, not play first base there einstein...  lay off the guy, hes actually 1 of their decent writers

Since: Oct 5, 2008
Posted on: December 20, 2009 6:41 pm

Boston, Texas deal for Lowell falls apart

ur an idiot. miller is saying 'see him play first' as in before they make any trade, not first base. god youre dumb.

Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: December 20, 2009 3:02 pm

Boston, Texas deal for Lowell falls apart

They want to see him play before and make certain he's healthy. The author was in  hurry and wrote like he spoke...oooppppssss.Clubs with any interest will want to see him play first and make sure he's healthy

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: December 20, 2009 1:23 pm

Lowell not 100%?---Shocking!!

Wake up Range$ if the Sawx are "willing to pay" $9 million of Lowell`s $12 mill you know you are getting a lemon. Lowell was a good player and solid team leader in his day, but dude`s body is breaking down faster than Big Papi`s credability. I just think it`s funny that not so long ago the Ranger$ set the record on A-Rod$ contract, but are now piching pennies as the team is for sale. If the Sawx do get Adrian Gonzolez you can bet that having their assistant GM now in charge in Padre land will be a major facor. Where are you to investigate that MLB??  

Since: Dec 26, 2008
Posted on: December 20, 2009 1:00 pm

Boston, Texas deal for Lowell falls apart

This is good news for the Red Sox because it could prevent them from signing Beltre. Beltre sucks, always has.

Since: Jan 27, 2007
Posted on: December 20, 2009 12:55 pm

Boston, Texas deal for Lowell falls apart

What the writer meant to say, I think, is that clubs with any interest will first want to see him play, but that construction separates the main verb from its helping verb, right?

Since: Sep 29, 2009
Posted on: December 20, 2009 12:44 pm

Boston, Texas deal for Lowell falls apart

Great.....I for one didn't want him to go. He can still hit, So if Big Papi can't do it this year (DH) we always have Lowell. Class act on & off the field.

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