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Mike Lowell was nearly a Yankee again

Aug 2, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox nearly had a deal in place on Friday that would have had Mike Lowell going to the Yankees.  Not directly — the Rangers would have been used as an intermediary in a three-way trade — but for all practical purposes it would have been a Yankees-Red Sox trade.  Two curious things about this:

1) Rosenthal says that the trade would not have prevented the Yankees from continuing on to do the Berkman trade. He doesn’t mention the Austin Kearns deal, but does anyone else sort of feel like the Yankees are playing with a 35-man roster right now?

2) I love the notion of the Yankees and Red Sox feeling like they can’t do a deal with one another and thus tried to bring the Rangers into it. It’s like the U.S. and the Soviets communicating through the Brazilian government during the Cuban Missile Crisis or something. Detente anyone?

Of course nothing happened, and Mike Lowell — who appears like he can hit and everything based on his latest rehab assignment — remains a man without a country.  And maybe soon without a team, as it appears that the Red Sox are going to have no choice but to designate him for assignment.

  1. gmc173 - Aug 2, 2010 at 9:35 AM

    If he is DFAed then maybe the Phillies could add them to their team. With all the injuries they need some bodies.

  2. Old Gator - Aug 2, 2010 at 9:39 AM

    He won’t play the MLB Phillip Nolan very long. If they designate Lowell and he’s released, someone to snap him up. The Beanbags have handled his entire situation about as cluelessly and gracelessly as possible.

  3. Jason @ IIATMS - Aug 2, 2010 at 9:40 AM

    A man without a country? I thought he was US or Russia? Or was HE Brazil?
    /analogy confusion

  4. Craig Calcaterra - Aug 2, 2010 at 9:41 AM

    Red Sox/Yankees = Soviets/U.S. depending on your allegiances
    Rangers: Brazil
    Lowell: the Spy Who Came in From the Cold

  5. BC - Aug 2, 2010 at 9:50 AM

    If Lowell is DFA’d, you gotta figure Detroit would grab him. Or the White Sox, unless they’re still going to try to get Dunn. The guy can still hit, and you can put him in the field once in a while if needed.

  6. Ditto65 - Aug 2, 2010 at 10:14 AM

    I thought Lowell was the missiles?

  7. Professor Longnose - Aug 2, 2010 at 11:42 AM

    I posted here before that Lowell would be perfect for the Yankees. I wonder if there’s any chance he could pass by enough waivers to get to the them.

  8. JBerardi - Aug 2, 2010 at 12:04 PM

    What exactly would have been the gracious and clue-full way of handling Lowell?

  9. 328ChaunceySt - Aug 2, 2010 at 2:28 PM

    Lowell is still a quality player and a good addition to any team. Lowell over Berkman any day.

  10. Old Gator - Aug 2, 2010 at 8:00 PM

    Release him when they saw they had no use for him and no takers. Like, back in April.

  11. SKIPPY THE MOONCRICKETT - Aug 3, 2010 at 12:33 AM

    I agree with that Chauncey

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