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Report: Rangers, Red Sox discuss Lowell deal

Dec 9, 2009, 6:43 PM EDT

According to the Providence Journal’s Joe McDonald, the Red Sox and Rangers are discussing a Mike Lowell deal, with Max Ramirez potentially being involved.
The Rangers have been looking for a right-handed bat to pair with Nelson Cruz behind Josh Hamilton in the lineup, with Jermaine Dye’s name being mentioned frequently. Lowell, though, may well come cheaper than Dye, as the Red Sox are believed to be willing to pick up half of his $12 million salary. He’d also offer the Rangers protection at both first and third.
Ramirez would be a logical return. He’s coming off a down year in Triple-A, but he’s shown considerable offensive potential before that and his bat might really blossom if he’s permanently moved off catcher. The 25-year-old is a career .299/.398/.486 hitter in six minor league seasons. He’s never developed defensively behind the plate, but he has some experience at first base and he’d give the Red Sox one more fallback option there and at DH.
If the Red Sox are able to entice the Rangers to take on Lowell, it’s assumed that free agent Adrian Beltre would be their No. 1 target to take over at third base.

  1. Old Gator - Dec 9, 2009 at 6:49 PM

    Deep Elem bears such a strong resemblance to both Miracle Mile in Mike’s hometown of Coral Gables, as well as to Coconut Grove and South Beach all rolled into one, that he would feel right at home there. He deserves better than to be exiled to some small market team where the hottest nightclubs feature banjos, washboards and boom-basses. Best of luck to you, Mike, and see you at the FIU games next season. We both know you’re going to wind up coaching the baseball team there sooner or later.

  2. bobmac - Dec 9, 2009 at 11:10 PM

    Texas can’t be this stupid.

  3. OMALLEY - Dec 17, 2009 at 11:20 AM

    Broken hearted over Lowell being traded. he’s the heart of this team. As much as I love the Red Sox, I can’t stand when loyalty means nothing. Theo use to be the guru, now it seems it ONLY about the numbers and nothing more. Once they trade the soul of the team, Varitek, I’ll stop having any interest in them.

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