Red Sox In Talks With Twins, Rangers About Lowell

SATURDAY, 1:11pm: The Twins' field staff is lobbying for Lowell as their need for that type of player is obvious, tweets Rosenthal.  However, the front office has concerns about his salary and durability.

FRIDAY, 5:26pm: The Red Sox are in trade talks with the Twins and Rangers about third baseman Mike Lowell, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com. The Angels, who recently learned that Kendry Morales will definitely miss the remainder of the season with a fractured leg, are said to be "hovering."

With the strong play of Adrian Beltre and Kevin Youkilis, plus David Ortiz's May resurgence, the 36-year-old Lowell has become a sparsely used and expensive bench player. He's in the lineup tonight, but overall he's received just 25 plate appearances over the last month and is hitting .225/.313/.338 on the season.

The Rangers have been connected to Lowell dating back to the offseason, when they had a deal in place to acquire him. Minnesota third basemen are hitting just .211/.281/.281 on the year, so it's a clear position of upgrade. The Mariners and White Sox have also expressed interest in Lowell this month, who is still owed approximately $7.4MM through the end of the season.

In a second tweet, Rosenthal mentions that Boston will likely explore the market for an outfielder, which could tie into a potential Lowell deal. Both Jeremy Hermida and Jacoby Ellsbury are on the disabled list, and Mike Cameron is playing with an abdominal tear.


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46 Comments on "Red Sox In Talks With Twins, Rangers About Lowell"


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Donskoy
5 years 25 days ago

If Lowell is traded to either team, even if the Red Sox eat all of his salary, they can’t expect to get anything of significant value.

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jgmaynard
5 years 25 days ago

With the LAAA already having $80M committed for 2011, they may be looking for a salary dump. I think the RS would prefer a prospect or two though, unless Theo sees a possible reclamation project.

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Zack23
5 years 25 days ago

Except Lowell isnt worth a prospect or two.
Still hasnt proved his thumb/hip can stand up to you know- actually playing baseball.

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johnsilver
5 years 25 days ago

They need a reliever for Lowell, but ain’t going to get one, not at least that is going to help them is best can see is some marginal type prospect, much like Max Ramirez that was offered before and only then if Boston pays virtually all of Lowell’s salary.

This is just being done to give Lowell a last chance at a few AB’s it feels like, nothing more.

Got to love NYY fans who don’t (or unable) to understand that Lowell is not being looked at by anyone as a starting 3B anyway, but as a PH, 3B/1B fill in and P/T DH.

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5 years 25 days ago

I’d be stunned if the Twin go for Lowell. With their strong emphasis on defense I just don’t see Lowell as a prototypical Twins player. On the other hand Texas, who don’t place so much emphasis on defense but more on power, should make a move for him. He fits in perfectly with what their trying to do. Even though I know Boston is selling Lowell as a PH, teams will definitely ask him to play 3B every once and a while to give another player a day off. Who knows?

For me Lowell should bow down and just retire. He’s had a pretty respectable career and I think he senses that he has not much to contribute.

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jwredsox
5 years 25 days ago

Why wouldn’t Lowell fit? Sure his range isn’t as good as it once was but he fields anything that is hit at him. That is is Twins baseball, not a guy who can get to a ball 5 feet away, but a guy who will day in and day out make the plays he can.

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Deviation
5 years 25 days ago

With his hip, can he even play 3B regularly, or with enough skill to even be average at the position now? I’d think that he’d be confined to 1B or even to DH. We’ve already got Jim Thome on the roster so I don’t know what use we could have for Lowell.

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jwredsox
5 years 25 days ago

He actually played good at first earlier this year and still has range. I’m sure if the twins are going after him they think he can play semi-regularly at third or first (probably 3rd).

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CrisE
5 years 25 days ago

The Red Sox should be pretty close to happy if they can get the roster spot back while controlling where he ends up (ie not NYY). It’d be great if they work out a Lowell-plus-mondo-dinero for PTBNL deal with MN where it’s Glen Perkins or someone vaguely useful if Lowell stays healthy, but the Ghost of Someone Awful if he goes on the DL or totally sucks.

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gotts
5 years 23 days ago

If Lowell + $$$ for Perkins is the deal, as a Twins fan, I’d be happy

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jwredsox
5 years 25 days ago

He actually played good at first earlier this year and still has range. I’m sure if the twins are going after him they think he can play semi-regularly at third or first (probably 3rd).

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Deviation
5 years 25 days ago

With his hip, can he even play 3B regularly, or with enough skill to even be average at the position now? I’d think that he’d be confined to 1B or even to DH. We’ve already got Jim Thome on the roster so I don’t know what use we could have for Lowell.

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jwredsox
5 years 25 days ago

Why wouldn’t Lowell fit? Sure his range isn’t as good as it once was but he fields anything that is hit at him. That is is Twins baseball, not a guy who can get to a ball 5 feet away, but a guy who will day in and day out make the plays he can.

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04Forever
5 years 25 days ago

i hope this is for a decent bullpen arm