What Now For Mike Lowell?
|01.08.10 at 1:09 pm ET|
With Adrian Beltre now under contract, the Red Sox remain in a position where Mike Lowell seems eminently expendable. Of course, that has been the case for much of the offseason, given the team’s attempts to move the 2007 World Series MVP to the Rangers for Max Ramirez, a deal that fell through when it was discovered that Lowell would require surgery on his right thumb.
From the outside, the situation between Lowell and the Sox seems eminently awkward. Boston G.M. Theo Epstein acknowledged that perception, but said that the team and Lowell are in agreement about what will be most useful for the player going forward: a healthy return in spring training that will put him in a position where other teams will want to trade for him.
We’ve been in contact with Mike throughout the winter, most recently with his agent a few days ago. I think we’re actually on the same page on this one,” said Epstein. “For Mike, it’s an unfortunate situation. It’s the second straight offseason in which he’s been rehabbing from surgery. His goal and our goal is for him to come to spring training and get back on the field and demonstrate his health and start playing, and playing well.
“I think this is a situation that will take care of itself. If Mike gets out on the field and shows that he’s 100 percent healthy, as we expect him to be a couple of weeks into spring training and starts playing well, there will be an opportunity for him. If it’s here, if other players don’t show up in good health , or elsewhere, he’s going to be a sought-after player. We’ll probably be able to put Mike in a situation either here or elsewhere where he can make an impact on a team.
“If he’s a little bit slower rehabbing or hasn’t quite gotten back to the position where he can play regularly, then I think Mike feels like if he’s going to have a complementary type role, he’d rather have it here, better in Boston than anywhere else, the way he feels about the Red Sox and the way we feel about him. I know it might look awkward from the outside but it’s a situation that will probably take care of itself as long as we stay on the same page and we certainly are right now.”
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