Players come and go all the time, it’s a business. I don’t have many pro-sports players that I feel I can look up to. People all around the world looked up to Tiger Woods and well…we see how that worked out.
Boston’s Mike Lowell is going to Texas for a minor league catcher Max Ramirez. Lowell played 3rd base for the Sox for four years. He went from coming off a terrible season with the Marlins to the 2007 World Series MVP. Lowell came to the Red Sox in 2006. Through that season he batted over .300.
In 2007 his numbers were even better .324 Batting average, 21 home runs, 120 RBIs. He was on fire through the postseason and earned the WS MVP. It felt like the end of the road in the offseason with Lowell and the Sox struggling to reach an agreement on a contract extension. He ended up with a 3 year $37.5 Million deal.
He ended up taking less money because it was reported that the Phillies’s offered him four years for $50 Million. Something that rarely happens. Any other player would have jumped right on that offer. It just shows how much he wanted to play for Boston.
The past season he was plagued by a hip injury and was on and off through the year. He just couldn't play defensively the way he always could. He was headed for an all-star season up until his injury. He never quit playing to have surgery.
The Red Sox need to pay the rest of his $9 Million on his contract and send him on his way. I just hope he is healthy and productive in the 2010 season to show Theo that he made another mistake of many the past few weeks and during the winter meetings.
I'm not saying they should keep him because of how he is done in the past but why now? He still has time left on his contract. The Red Sox have been in talks with 3B Adrian Beltre and could soon strike a deal with him.
Adjustments can be made for Lowell to be a DH/ Pinch Hitter and an infielder once and awhile. I realize there comes a time to move on to look at the future but it’s not like Mike Lowell is done just yet. Yes, he is past his best playing days. Why waste money for him to play for Texas when the Sox can use him for what he is worth.
We will see how this whole thing works out in the long run but there are several points to keep in mind:
1. The Sox have accomplished nothing in the winter meetings
2. There have been no huge offers made for big name players
3. The situation with Jason Bay is at a standstill from the looks of it
4. They have made little to no improvements in the lineup so far
Finally, I want to thank Mike Lowell for his time with the Red Sox. The definition of a leader, a great role model and a champion in every sense of the word. Lowell has been one of the greatest Red Sox players of the past decade and maybe even more than that. You have been my favorite player for the past few years and that won't change when you put the Ranger's Uni on. Good Luck.