December 20, 2009

Lowell Trade Called Off

ESPN:
The proposed trade between the Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox involving Mike Lowell is off, according to a source.

The reason: Lowell has a torn radial collateral ligament in his right thumb and will have surgery after Christmas.
The article states that Lowell injured the thumb taking batting practice during the final weekend of the 2009 season.

Recovery time from the surgery is 6-8 weeks, which might make him a bit late for spring training.

10 comments:

andy said...

Wonderful we will be stuck with him.

Amy said...

And where will we put him?

I like him a lot and was sad to see him going, but even so, I know he is a liability at third base. First base?

L-girl said...

Just because this trade was called off doesn't mean he'll play for the Sox next season.

Amy said...

True, but who else will take him? And won't the Sox still have to pay him if no one else does?

Philip said...

If his thumb is what had the deal called off, it follows that his hip has improved, as the Rangers were planning to give him some time at 1st and 3rd and the hip didn't fail.

johngoldfine said...

Why did the Red Sox think Lowell would pass a physical? If he and the team knew about the torn ligament, shouldn't the surgery have been done two months ago?

Geoff Millener said...
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Geoff Millener said...

Actually, in retrospect, Ramirez makes nearly perfect sense. We re-sign VMart and finally retire 'Tek in 2011 (hopefully) - it would make sense to have an almost ready backup waiting in the wings. And extra bench space + even $3 million (though more would be nice, obviously) this year would be better than the corpse of Mike Lowell, as much as I love him. Ignore the rambling.

9casey said...

Geoff Millener said...
(though more would be nice, obviously) this year would be better than the corpse of Mike Lowell,




I'll take a corpse who can play 120 games have 17 HR's and 75 rbi's and hit .290 . Is Adrian Beltre that much better than Mike Lowell?

Geoff Millener said...

But from where? I don't think he'd ever get another 120 games. He don't make sense as a DH (as a right handed double-play machine and at least not until we find out if [the corpse of] Ortiz can still hit - which I'm inclined to believe it/he will), he's a liability at third and completely untested at first. And I'm not on the Beltre bandwagon - I'm happy with no-more big trades (except for Nady and a LHP, but those aren't big) and seeing how Kotchman handles first on a regular basis (whose 2008 numbers, at least, are close to those you mention for Lowell - not something to get worked up over, I know, but at least his glove works). For $12 million, I just want more than a liability. Even a lovable liability like Lowell.