Here’s what Theo Epstein had to say on Mike Lowell last night:
(Re-signing Lowell is) a priority for the offseason, and I’m sure we’ll be able to get something done. We have a desire to keep him here a long time. He’s a core member of the organization. It’s just not the time to talk about that.
Does a long time mean three years? It’s hard to see Lowell accepting a deal for two. Lowell didn’t want to talk about the situation either last night, understandably. But his reaction to Epstein’s comments was reserved.
If the Red Sox win the World Series, perhaps the Red Sox will be "forced" to go beyond what they consider a reasonable number of years, as happened with Jason Varitek.