Lowell and Red Sox are close to a 3 yr $37.5M deal

November 19, 2007 at 12:31 pm 11 comments

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Mike Lowell and the Boston Red Sox agreed to a three-year, $37.5 million deal Monday, ESPN The Magazine’s Buster Olney reports.

Both sides have been in intense negotiations all Monday. According to ESPN’s Peter Gammons, both the Phillies and Dodgers were apparently willing to go to four years, but Lowell wants to remain in Boston.

Lowell followed a superlative regular season — career highs in batting average (.324) and RBIs (120) to go with 21 home runs in 154 games — with an outstanding October. In Boston’s four-game sweep of Colorado, Lowell hit .400 (6-for-15) with four RBIs, three walks and a team-high six runs in winning the World Series.

He homered, doubled and scored twice in the Game 4 clincher at Denver’s Coors Field en route to being named the World Series MVP.

Lowell, who made $9 million last year, was selected by the Yankees in the 20th round of the 1995 amateur draft. He played eight games for New York in the 1998 season before being dealt to the Florida Marlins in February 1999. He was acquired by Boston from Florida in November 2005 in the Josh Beckett trade.

Lowell’s teammates and fans made clear that they wanted to see him back in Boston — and urged them not to pursue Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who became a free agent before deciding to return to New York.

“Forget about A-Rod. We’ve got Mike Lowell in the house,” Ramirez yelled out during the team’s victory parade through Boston.

Lowell, 33, had initially pushed for a four-year deal with the Red Sox.

Information from The Associated Press and ESPN.com news services were used in this report.

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  • 1. Erik  |  November 19, 2007 at 12:36 pm

    Lowell also got a 4yr proposal from the Yankees but to play first. I think Lowell has a desire to play third. He likes it in Boston he had a great year… He played for a winner in Boston and it is a good fit.

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  • 3. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  November 19, 2007 at 1:13 pm

    Good deal on both sides. I don’t blame the Red Sox for only going 3 years and standing firm (unlike the Yankees who don’t stand firm on their word). The Yanks would’ve made a mistake by playing Lowell at first and A-Rod at 3B. Lowell is far superior.

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  • 4. Erik  |  November 19, 2007 at 1:14 pm

    No argument here!

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  • 5. Charlie Nehl  |  November 20, 2007 at 9:26 am

    Lowell would be dumb to NOT go back the Red Sox. He’s loved there, and is playing really good ball…. for a really good team. More Rings for him in the future? It’s very possible.

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  • 6. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  November 20, 2007 at 11:21 am

    I agree. That team has a solid nucleus and a good farm system.

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  • 7. Aaron Boynton  |  November 21, 2007 at 8:48 am

    I knew Lowell would re-sign with Boston. Epstein would have been crucified if he let go of Lowell. As a Boston fan, I am very excited. Boston only needs 1 or 2 more moves. Trade Crisp for some solid relief pitching, and then either re-sign some FA to be bench players or get some other guys. I’d keep Kielty on the team and I’d find a solid backup catcher. Kevin Cash is going to sign someplace else and Mirabelli needs to go. He’s a liability.

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  • 8. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  November 21, 2007 at 9:26 am

    I agree about Kielty. Platoon him with Drew in RF. Kielty mashes left handed pitching (.314/.374/.495 over the last 3 years). Crisp is out of luck and he might go to the Rangers for a young catcher.

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  • 9. Aaron Boynton  |  November 21, 2007 at 12:59 pm

    Wouldn’t it be ironic if the Rangers traded Saltalamacchia for Crisp. Essentially, the Rangers would have traded Marx Teixiera for Coco Crisp. HA

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  • 10. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  November 21, 2007 at 1:17 pm

    That would be sick! The Red Sox would be unstoppable if he was their catcher. I think it’ll be for Gerald Laird or possibly Max Ramirez. If the Red Sox can get Salty or Taylor Teagarden then they will have a great offensive catcher for years.

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  • 11. Aaron Boynton  |  November 21, 2007 at 11:28 pm

    Just think…a lineup of Ellsbury, Pedroia, Ortiz, Ramirez, Lowell, Drew, Youkilis, Varitek (or Salty), Lugo…with people like Kielty, Moss, Jed Lowrie (he’s just about ready to come up) on the bench.

    Wait…Kottaras might be their backup for next year. He’s 24, and I know they’ve been grooming him down in the minors. Maybe this is the year he gets the job as the backup and learns from the Captain.

    Do the Sox take a chance on Scott Linebrink? He’s a free agent and would be a great addition to the bullpen. Donnelly is coming back in 08 so maybe he can return to his form from 2002 with the Angels. I’ll take a bullpen with Delcarmen, Donnelly, Linebrink, Okajima, Papelbon, Timlin, Lopez (unless we can find a better LHP reliever), Hansen, & Snyder.

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