INDIANAPOLIS -- The Boston Red Sox have reached a preliminary agreement to trade third baseman Mike Lowell to the Texas Rangers for catcher Max Ramirez, according to a report on FoxSports. The deal is contingent, according to the report, on the players passing physicals and approval by Red Sox owners of absorbing a considerable chunk of Lowell's $12 million salary.
The kicker, of course, is that the Sox are still on the hook for a chunk of Lowell's contract. That'll bite them later on, I'm sure.
The Rangers are busy bees, picking up Lowell on the same day that they sign Rich Harden and deal Kevin Millwood to Baltimore (sports.yahoo.com). They save a bunch of money in the process and made their team better overall --- I like Lowell's bat out of the DH spot, Texas was badly in need of a good righty hitter last season.
Kirk, crackers are a family food. Happy families. Maybe single people eat crackers, we don't know. Frankly, we don't want to know. It's a market we can do without.
Lowell still has value as a potential DH. However, like Jason Bay, the Red Sox would use him in the field, where his glove greatly takes away from that value. I'm hoping that this deal means the Sox are going to go ahead and sign Adrian Beltre.
Originally posted by GugsLowell still has value as a potential DH. However, like Jason Bay, the Red Sox would use him in the field, where his glove greatly takes away from that value. I'm hoping that this deal means the Sox are going to go ahead and sign Adrian Beltre.
So, the Red Sox will be paying essentially $22 million for a 3rd baseman this year(Beltre/Lowell payoff) and $15 million for a shortstop (Scutaro/Lugo payoff). At least the Sox are cornering the market on Ramirez's not named Manny or Hanley, and we have Boof Bonser, which I think has to translate into Ramon Ramirez.
I really don't understand the love for Beltre. He's a one year hit wonder who has underperformed all throughout his career and has now becomed injury-prone the couple of years. I know Lowell isn't that great defensively, but he was and still is (IMO) a solid run producer. If you're going to pay most of his salary off anyway, you might as well keep him for one more year and see if you can improve the 3B spot then. I don't think the Red Sox are doing themselves any favors by switching him for someone who doesn't provide much of an upgrade in the lineup, if any, at all.
Originally posted by supersalvadoranI really don't understand the love for Beltre. He's a one year hit wonder who has underperformed all throughout his career and has now becomed injury-prone the couple of years.
Actually, Beltre OVER-performed for one year and has been quite good for the Mariners, with an OPS+ over 100 from 2006-2008 (Safeco Field ruins his offense) and the best defense at third base for his entire Mariner contract.
Fangraphs.com figures his value over the last five years at $61.2 mil, not too far below his $65 million-contract. I'd take Beltre back as a Mariner in a heartbeat.
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Ah, don't I wish. The Philly papers are reporting no contact, with rumors that Theo's leaving baseball or taking a year off. Expect new Phillie's GM Gerry Hunsicker or (more likely) new Phillies GM Pat Gillick in the upcoming days.