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Lowell's right thumb holding up trade to Texas

Dec 13, 2009, 9:31 AM EDT

This week’s proposed trade of Mike
Lowell and cash to the Rangers for catcher Max Ramirez currently stands
in transaction limbo. Why?
Blame Lowell’s right thumb.

The Rangers are reportedly satisfied
with the status of Lowell’s right hip, but they are reviewing an injury
to Lowell’s thumb that hampered him over the final weeks of the ’09

“There are still things to go over,” Red Sox assistant general manager Ben Cherington said yesterday. “It would not be a complete surprise if it didn’t happen.”

Terry Francona hasn’t yet spoken to
Lowell since the trade was agreed to in principle, but it would be
pretty darn awkward if this one fell through.

  1. YankeesfanLen - Dec 13, 2009 at 10:44 AM

    Sorry, did I miss something here? Did Francona bad-mouth Lowell or promote a trade?

  2. Old Gator - Dec 13, 2009 at 4:52 PM

    Are we sure it’s Lowell’s thumb and not Texas’ middle finger?

  3. LOLAtLen - Dec 13, 2009 at 6:00 PM

    Worst Yankee poster ever = Len.

  4. SOX-FAN - Dec 13, 2009 at 9:38 PM

    Mike Lowell is a pro, a great hitter, still not bad in the field, and a LEADER. I hope his thumb prevents the trade from happening (and so do most Sox fans). You BLEW IT on this trade Theo.

  5. jeff - Dec 14, 2009 at 9:45 AM

    I don’t necessarily disagree with Theo wanting to upgrade at 3rd – Lowell is getting up there and he has his ailments but the deal with the Rangers is insulting! Come on – we’ll give you a world series MVP 3rd baseman PLUS $8-9 million dollars for your minor league catcher???

  6. BC - Dec 14, 2009 at 12:37 PM

    Trade Lowell to the Mets and move Wright to first base. Lowell can play on my team any time.

  7. gibbs77 - Dec 14, 2009 at 12:41 PM

    I am as big a fan of Lowell as the next guy but to say he is ‘still not bad in the field’ is a bit misleading. With his hip being what it is, he has no range anymore. Any ball hit two steps to his left or right is a base hit. Couple that with the sox lack of range last year at shortstop and anything hit to the left side of the infield was thru for a hit.

  8. gibbs77 - Dec 14, 2009 at 12:44 PM

    Why? He was questioning why there would be awkwardness between Francona and Lowell if Francona had nothing to do with the proposed trade. I think someone needs to work on their reading comprehension skills.

  9. SmellyJoe - Dec 14, 2009 at 10:15 PM

    Did both team announced the deal is off? I doubt Texas would refuse to take on Lowell and get the It support reviews as a low cost insurance for 3B and get enough 2011.

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