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Uh, this can’t be a comfortable development.

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1 Just Fair   ~  Dec 19, 2009 11:16 pm

That's a shame.

2 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Dec 19, 2009 11:33 pm

[1] A DAMN shame.

I love the fact that the GM Boy Genius this season will be paying millions to Julio Lugo, Jason Varitek, and Mike Lowell.

3 monkeypants   ~  Dec 19, 2009 11:35 pm

[0] I saw that..how does that happen, exactly? Did no one know about this injury? And, if he's going to be ready by spring training, why is the trade dead? Somehow this will end up benefiting the Sox, my pessimistic sense tells me. I ws looking forward to them going with "pitching and defense wins championships" next season.

4 monkeypants   ~  Dec 19, 2009 11:36 pm

[2] He was going to be paying millions for Lowell no matter what...the trade called for the BoSox to eat most of his contract, I believe.

5 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Dec 19, 2009 11:41 pm

[4] I know, I was just being sarcastic..T-Ep is a good GM but Sox have as much money to burn as Yanks do. Paying 9million of Lowell's salary just to get him off the team, few other teams can do that.

6 monkeypants   ~  Dec 19, 2009 11:45 pm

[5] Well it is funny. Plus, the Sox payroll is somewhere in the 160-170 million range...not quite up to Yankee standards, but that's still a LOT of cash to not buy a championship.

7 Mattpat11   ~  Dec 20, 2009 12:03 am

Does this throw a wrench in the Adrian Gonzalez talks?

8 a.O   ~  Dec 20, 2009 12:53 am


9 Start Spreading the News   ~  Dec 20, 2009 1:41 am
10 thelarmis   ~  Dec 20, 2009 5:58 am

[7] i hope so!

um, doesn't Texas have a 3rd baseman in Michael Young???

btw, Bob Dylan's acoustic chops were still rather killer in the early 90's!!!

11 Raf   ~  Dec 20, 2009 8:01 am

[10] They do. Lowell would've DH'ed, and chipped in @ 1b & 3b on occasion

12 Horace Clarke Era   ~  Dec 20, 2009 9:59 am

Trade may yet go in March if he's recovered by then. No idea if this is one of those hand injuries that mess up your swing/power for a season. Texas may not know either. I agree it is odd to find out in December, but maybe he just thought he had a sore wrist and it wasn't until the due diligence of a trade that it was checked. That must be it but ... it is STILL odd not to check yourself, or your player over the winter, if there's ANY issue. Too much at stake. I don't quite get what team doctors do to earn their money, sometimes.

As for money - lots of teams have eaten big money to get rid of a player. Jays did with BJ Ryan AND Alex Rios, and would eat 10 million of Wells' deal, too, I suspect, if someone took that contract.

13 Raf   ~  Dec 20, 2009 11:38 am

[12] It should come as no surprise that teams are eating big money; it's already a sunk cost.

14 Horace Clarke Era   ~  Dec 20, 2009 12:54 pm

Bay and Damon in same boat? Agents misreading the market?

"Bill Madden of the New York Daily News writes that Jason Bay can thank his agent, Joe Urbon, for pricing him out of a good situation in Boston. With no obvious bidders remaining for Bay besides the New York Mets, Madden says that Urbon returned to the Red Sox to see if they would revisit negotiations with Bay. The Sox, however, having signed Mike Cameron, no longer appear interested."

15 Raf   ~  Dec 20, 2009 1:29 pm

[14] At what point does a player step in and say "listen, I like it here, let's get a deal done." The agent works for the player, not the other way around.

16 ColoYank   ~  Dec 20, 2009 1:35 pm

It appears Lowell's chances of playing for the Sox are pretty slim. As stated above, the trade may yet be made if Lowell shows he can at least hit during spring training.

The Sox are getting tripped up in their shorts a little this off-season. Age creeped up on them in a jiffy, didn't it? They appear determined to move Lowell, who adds a mainstay-type bat as a DH somewhere; it's kind of a sad chapter in a proud major-leaguer's career.

17 Horace Clarke Era   ~  Dec 20, 2009 3:44 pm

[16] I don't think it has to be sad, if he ends up somewhere where he can play DH/1base ... it'll be more or less the usual arc. The sad/odd thing is the injury kicking in this way, undetected till now. I have to say that at some level I fault both Lowell and the red Sox doctors ... when something is 'off' you check it out the week the season ends. This was picked up pretty easily - once someone looked. We went through this with A Rod's surgery, too.

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