Rosenthal On Lowell, Cain, Cristian Guzman

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports supplies his latest hot stove buzz…

  • Rosenthal's source says the Rangers' interest in Mike Lowell is "light," and the Red Sox don't expect any team to make a suitable offer.  Yesterday, ESPN's Jim Reeves said the Rangers keep coming back to Lowell in their search for a right-handed hitting role player.  Rosenthal notes that the Red Sox will not release Lowell, who is owed $12MM.
  • With Matt Cain locked up, Rosenthal sees a weak 2012 free agent class for starting pitching.  Mark Buehrle, Edwin Jackson, and Wandy Rodriguez appear to head the group, though C.C. Sabathia has the option of electing free agency and voiding the remaining four years and $92MM on his Yankees contract.  Of course, a lot can change in two seasons.  The larger point: there's a better selection of free agent starters after the 2010 season than after 2011.
  • The Rangers looked into trading for Washington's Cristian Guzman before acquiring Andres Blanco from the Cubs.  Guzman is currently projected to serve as an $8MM utility man for the Nationals.

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