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The Sox will throw money into a Lowell deal

Nov 23, 2009, 9:55 AM EDT

There were scattered reports over the weekend that the Red Sox could be shopping Mike Lowell, but given that he’s old, expensive and in decline, such a deal would be a tough nut to crack. According to Rosenthal, however, the Sox are willing to kick in as much as $6 million of Lowell’s $12 million salary for 2010 to anyone who will take him off their hands.

If Lowell were gone, it would open up all kinds of possibilities for Boston, from the fantastic (trading for Adrian Gonzalez, with Youkilis moving to third) to the merely practical (signing someone like Adrian Beltre in order to get a better glove on the left side of the infield).

As for any potential trading partner: Mike Lowell for $6 million would still be kinda hard to swallow. I suppose if you’re a team that’s well-sorted everywhere except at third base it would make some kind of sense, but I can’t see any contenders out there that fit the profile. 

  1. tj clemente - Nov 23, 2009 at 10:45 AM

    Got to love those sox’s, Lowell gives them his body, his soul and a decent year, even for the money they are paying, so they look to throw him under a bus. They must be broke, they dumped Manny when all they had to do was offer him the $$$, signed nobody but reclamation projects and looked like a small market team down the stretch, fading and folding their tent even before the season ended, resting i guess for 2010 season.How much is John Henry paying in interest for the loans he used to purchase the Red Sox? Is that becoming a factor in the product they can afford to put on the field. I think it is.

  2. Mark Runsvold - Nov 23, 2009 at 11:29 AM

    Let me guess, TJ, you’re a … Pirates fan?
    Lowell’s defense was off last year, which could be a temporary, post-surgery phenomenon, or it could be the beginning of the end. Since he doesn’t hit well enough to be better than average without the good defense, the Sox are right to consider parting ways.

  3. Old Gator - Nov 23, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Mike Lowell had some great years down here in Nuevo Macondo before the Canseco debacle, immediately following which he deflated like Reverend Green’s tent in Blood Meridian for an awful final Florida year – but then, a lot like Jason Giambi, he pulled himself together, cleaned himself up, found the natural athlete he had marinated in steroids and got back into shape – and gave the Sox some of the best years of their checkered history. You have to wonder what kind of shape he might be in even now if he hadn’t depended on better living through chemistry for all the years that he apparently did.
    Mike has always carried himself with great class, and when during the offseason you encounter him in Coconut Grove or Coral Gables or SoBe he’s always very open, friendly and unaffected. If we had anything like an ownership that deserved and appreciated him down here, it would be nice to think that he, like another class act named Jeff Conine, could find some way to wind up his career back amongst us. But the situation being what it is, unless the Sox were willing to pick up eleven of the twelve million, he’ll probably play out his waning years in a number of smaller markets. Then, I could still see him eventually becoming a great baseball coach at his alma mater, FIU.

  4. CommonNow - Nov 23, 2009 at 11:45 AM

    TJ -EVERY player reaches a point where the decline is too much to work with. By your reasoning Michael Jordan should still be starting for the Bulls. Lowell does not appear to have a full season left in him.
    You were correct in saying the Sox look to be avg or below. The Sox need batting and Lowell’s position is one that they can open up.
    Unfortunately for the Sox fans the owners are making money hand over fist off the sell out games and concession sales. They know that spending $50 million on a player won’t necessarily translate to $51 million in revenue (a profit). So they continue to put up this slap stick, almost ran club for the fans to digest.
    The only way to get Boston competitive in the next three years is to stop going to games and show the ownership their present policies are unaacptable.

  5. comnsnse - Nov 23, 2009 at 11:56 AM

    Lowell may be in decline but not defensively,let’s give the man his proper due.He has been a terrific asset for the Sox and if healthy can still help.He’s also a great team guy.

  6. The Great Dane - Nov 23, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    A great teamguy. Love that………….

  7. Mark Runsvold - Nov 23, 2009 at 12:05 PM

    +/- and UZR show a decline (particularly from 2008 to 2009) as do the fielding stats from THT (RZR & out of zone plays). The Fans’ Scouting Report shows him holding steady as an above-average defender, for what that’s worth.

  8. Mark Runsvold - Nov 23, 2009 at 12:10 PM

    Uhh… I was with you till the end there, CommonNow. Are you seriously complaining about the competitiveness of a team that’s won two World Series in the past six years? One that’s perennially among the best in all of baseball?
    Maybe I’m speaking from the bitterness of Mariner fandom here, but you need keep things in perspective, fella.

  9. paul kaplan - Nov 23, 2009 at 12:30 PM

    I read where the sox are considering moving Clay Buckholtz in some trade if they’re able to sign John Lackey.The Sox brought Buckholz along carefully and finally he stuck with the club. Next year could be a breakout year. Why trade such a young player with great potential.As for Lowell he’s the ultimate team player and he had a pretty good year at the plate.The bottom line is money. Bay wants money, Adrian Gonzales will want money. The Sox seem to want to save money by signing players coming off injuries. That’s a difficult way to win a pennant especially when you’re competing against the Yankees.

  10. BIG PooPer - Nov 23, 2009 at 12:36 PM

    THE SAUX HAVE NO LOYALTY, AFTER 2004 HOW MANY GUYS DID NOT
    EVEN GET A CONTRACT OFFER, AFTER 2007 ?
    SAUX CAN NEVER HAVE THE HISTORY OF THE YANKEES NO MATTER
    HOW THEY TRY BECAUSE THEY SHOW NO LOYALTY TO THEIR PLAYERS.

  11. Joe - Nov 23, 2009 at 12:50 PM

    Did you see him play last year? He’s a statue out there these days. He’s definitely in decline defensively.
    And +1 to Mark Runsvold. I’m a Red Sox fan, and I have no complaints.

  12. scott - Nov 23, 2009 at 12:50 PM

    they won 95 games last year and will win around that total in 2010 and my guess is they will fair better in the playoffs. Do you actually have any understanding of baseball?

  13. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - Nov 23, 2009 at 12:57 PM

    Did you see him play last year? He’s a statue out there these days. He’s definitely in decline defensively.

    He was also coming off hip surgery, so i’m sure that limited his mobility a significant amount. Arod was the same way, absolutely brutal at third (even worse than usual). If he’s just the same next year, then you know he’s on a significant decline.

  14. CommonNow - Nov 23, 2009 at 1:49 PM

    Mark,
    The Bosox accomplished some amazing things this decade, that is true. As a life long fan I am grateful. However, they could have contintued to be great – if it was not for the lackluster approach of the front office. They continue to haul in $$$ while not offering up a team which can make the WS.
    You sound like a baseball fan. Tell me you didn’t raise an eyebrow when you found out not only that the BoSox had somehow made the playoffs, but that they did it on the end of a 5 game losing streak? Tell me you were surprised when they went down handily in the playoffs?

  15. Mark Runsvold - Nov 23, 2009 at 2:08 PM

    In 2007, the Sox won the series. In 2008, they had the best Pythagorean record in the AL East and led the majors in team WAR. This past season, their best hitter fell off a cliff and their free agent pick-ups didn’t really pan out, yet they still had one of the five best teams in baseball.
    You couldn’t hope for more consistent success than that in the majors’ toughest division. Well you could, but you’d be setting yourself up for disappointment.
    Five-game losing streaks don’t make me raise an eyebrow. They happen to everyone. That Boston had one going into the playoffs is nothing but misfortune.

  16. Aries - Nov 23, 2009 at 2:19 PM

    The Sox show no loyalty to their players? In the past few years, the Sox have extended their contracts to Youkilis, Pedroia, Lester, Papelbon, Papi, etc. The Sox have even extended Lowell’s contract once! They’re in talks to keep Bay, and there are reports that they’re trying to extend Beckett’s contract. I could go on, but I think you get my point.

  17. David - Nov 23, 2009 at 5:27 PM

    Yankee Fan Here, the Red Sox are good at doing bussiness, they develop good players and mix the right blend of free agents, there is no reason to rip their management just because you did not win in the playoffs this year, it is impossible to win year in and year out, i have to say the red sox were very good this decade and they will continue to do so. Bottom line is the Yanks and the Red sox will fight again for the AL East which is very good for Baseball.

  18. evilrob - Nov 24, 2009 at 12:10 AM

    The only question if you’re goin to make this into a loyalty issue and compare it to how the Yankees are with players, Johnny Damon not being sure where he’s going to play ball next year after moving to NYY from his Boston free agency raises an eyebrow. S’all I’m going to point out.
    Mike’s done a great job over the years, but the game’s not about what you brought to the table a couple years ago no matter how endeared your players are to the fans. He’s always been a classy guy and he’s been a quiet role model in recent years. But that doesn’t mean hang onto him until he finally decides to retire from the game. If he’d of had any other year this past season, and it’d be a different story, but Mike’s definitely hitting the years of his decline and it’s time to get someone in that can benefit the team in more than spirit. I’d rather see him traded so he can keep playing if that’s what he wants to do, since he’ll always be a part of the Sox legacy at this point.

  19. ridddeller - Nov 24, 2009 at 1:12 AM

    They are looking for a good shortstop, wel he playing 2b for them.

  20. Cooldep - Nov 24, 2009 at 6:19 AM

    What a breath of fresh air. A true baseball fan and from NY yet. Thanks for the kind words about my Red Sox. I live in Boston and have lived and died with the boys of summer. What a ride it has been this decade. Yes it will continue and with a bat here and a glove there you know that only the Phillies and Red Sox can even play with NY…Monster deals coming for us this year, maybe we can spend some $$$$$$ this year to close that gap again with the mighty Yanks.
    The # 1 Sox fan in Boston!
    ~Paul

  21. Big sox fan - Nov 24, 2009 at 9:46 AM

    David, it is always a pleasure to hear a true fan of the game talk without all of the usual boston v ny crap. You sir, sound more like a student of the game than your typical rabid fan. my hat is off to you.

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