Lowell deal is off

mike lowell Just when it seemed like the deal was a lock, Mike Lowell did not pass his physical and the deal with the Rangers is a No-go.  It seems that Lowell will need surgery on his thumb and will be out for at least six weeks. All indications are that he will still be ready for spring training but for now the Rangers will look elsewhere for a big bat.

Many believe that Lowell will never play in Boston again. Maybe so, but it seems that the players that the Red Sox have become interested in have either gone elsewhere or become unavailable. They can slide Kevin Youkolis to third and start Casey Cotchman at first, they could try and trade Lowell again closer to spring training, or they can let him play out the last year of his contract if healthy. I think that their willingness to pay 9m of his 12m in 2010 to the Rangers shows how badly they want to get rid of him. Lowell has been a great hitter while with the Red Sox but the last couple of years he has been a liability defensively. I think he will go into spring training a Red Sox and come out somewhere else.

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