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Is Mike Lowell ready to hang 'em up?

Apr 10, 2010, 5:29 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for Mike Lowell headshot.jpgMike Lowell told reporters that he will “almost certainly” retire at the end of this season, according to Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe.

Lowell, 36, is in the final season of a three-year, $37.5 million contract, so it seems only appropriate. The .280/.343/.468 lifetime hitter has broken down in recent seasons and hasn’t fully recovered from hip surgery in October of 2008. A torn ligament in his right thumb nixed a potential trade to the Rangers over the winter.

Relegated to part-time duty with the presence of new third baseman Adrian Beltre, the Red Sox are still doing their best to unload Lowell, but they’ll likely have to shoulder the majority of his $12 million price tag for this season in order to do so.

  1. Old Gator - Apr 10, 2010 at 5:42 PM

    That’s okay, Mike. Screw ‘em and just come on home. The Feesh won’t use you unless you’re willing to work for chump change (if not less), but there is doubtless a cushy job waiting for you as coach of the nascent F.I.U. baseball team – and I have no doubt that you’d be a great one.

  2. Vermonsta - Apr 10, 2010 at 10:22 PM

    Baseball teams are businesses. Mike Lowell helps the Redsox be one of the most successful businesses in the league. In my opinion Mike Lowell has been and continues to be one of the best players ever for the Sox. A solid person, super worker, a leader by example, and a ggggreat talent. Whatever happens from here the Sox will miss Mike on the field. I hope he joins the Sox staff or executuve branch.

  3. dp - Apr 11, 2010 at 1:15 AM

    Why would you wish that on him, if you like him , don’t wish for him to have to work under the boy gestapo Epstein.

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