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The Lowell for Ramirez deal could fall through

Dec 14, 2009, 8:28 AM EDT

First it was Mike Lowell’s thumb, and now Max Ramirez’s wrists are getting closer scrutiny reports Rob Bradford of WEEI.  That and “at least one other issue unrelated to either player’s physical condition,” are holding up the deal.  If I had to guess I’d say that the “other issue” is the Commissioner’s office, which usually has to sign off on any deals where a lot of cash is changing hands like we have here.  Whatever the case, Pete Abraham quotes the Red Sox’ assistant GM Ben Cherington as saying “It would not be a complete surprise if it didn’t happen,” meaning the whole damn deal.

Wow.  How awkward would it be for the Lowell and the Red Sox if the thing fell through?  “Hey Mike, we’re happy to have you back!  What? Oh, that thing about us paying nearly $10 million to make you go away?  Hey, let’s let bygones be bygones!”

UPDATEGammons tweets that Lowell may need surgery. If that’s the case, this deal goes from mostly dead to dead.

  1. Tom - Dec 14, 2009 at 10:57 AM

    Craig, there’s a big difference between mostly dead and all dead. Mostly dead is slightly alive.

  2. The Rabbit - Dec 14, 2009 at 2:57 PM

    and the deal might not be moribund…it might just be sleeping.

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