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What does Vlad's signing mean for Mike Lowell?

Jan 11, 2010, 10:28 AM EST

MLB.com’s Ian Browne makes a good point:


Vlad to the Rangers as DH would seem to signify no chance of Lowell to Texas ever being rekindled.

Hmm. Hadn’t thought of that.  If the Rangers are out of the running — and why wouldn’t they be —  what on Earth is Boston gonna do with Lowell? Who else wants him? At this point they’re looking at either a release or paying $12 million for a guy to backup two dudes who outclass him both defensively and offensively, and that’s not what one usually looks for in a utility infielder.

The only way he’s valuable to the Sox is if David Ortiz decides that his first-half 2009 numbers are his new level, and that’s only relative value as opposed to absolute value.

  1. The Common Man - Jan 11, 2010 at 10:39 AM

    The Twins still need a 3B, and Lowell would be an upgrade. Especially if the Sox took on a good portion of the money.

  2. Old Gator - Jan 11, 2010 at 12:00 PM

    How about the Angels? They seem to have lost everybody to free agency or something this winter. They could move one or two of their middle relievers back to the bullpen to free up some infield space. Is there anyone left on the major league roster, or are they going to populate the field exclusively with EYPs? Mike would thrive, even thought the Anaheim Burrito King closed down years ago.

  3. Union - Jan 11, 2010 at 12:13 PM

    I agree, the Twins seem like a good fit. They’d get paid to get a transitional 3rd baseman (Danny Valencia is waiting in AAA), which with that money they can get themselves a decent 2nd baseman.

  4. Union - Jan 11, 2010 at 12:13 PM

    I agree, the Twins seem like a good fit. They’d get paid to get a transitional 3rd baseman (Danny Valencia is waiting in AAA), which with that money they can get themselves a decent 2nd baseman.

  5. Zonebrick - Jan 11, 2010 at 1:30 PM

    Whoever Mike Lowell plays for will get a first class person and a guy who is still a very dangerous hitter.

  6. Moses Green - Jan 11, 2010 at 2:57 PM

    He looks like a Royal to me.

  7. Steve - Jan 11, 2010 at 3:23 PM

    Don’t players like this go to the Mets? If they miss on Delgado, look for Lowell to be reunited with Bay in Citi Field.

  8. JBerardi - Jan 11, 2010 at 3:49 PM

    “Whoever Mike Lowell plays for will get a first class person and a guy who is still a very dangerous hitter.”
    Only if they quickly build a Fenway Park replica to play in. Mike Lowell hit all of .276/.331/.382 on the road last year. Although, in fairness, he did it with immense class and consummate professionalism.

  9. Wet Socks - Jan 11, 2010 at 4:15 PM

    I enjoyed JB’s comment, hinting that things like being a ‘club house guy’ are sometimes a tad overrated. That said, I would not be opposed to the Twins giving up a mid-level prospect for Lowell and cash. At 4 million, Punto will be starting but where? Signing Lowell allows him to slide to second. Or bringing in a guy like Hudson or Felipe Lopez will pump Punto to third. I believe the Twins can afford to upgrade one of these spots and Lowell at third would certainly be an upgrade in offensive production from Twins third basemen last year.

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