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Low Lowell

Like every other Sox fan, I love Mike Lowell.

With that nicety out of the way I must say: get rid of Mike Lowell. The Sox need the room on the roster. When (if?) Jacoby comes back, the Sox have two options: ship Lowell out or release Darnell McDonald. McDonald is out of options and cannot be sent to the minors unless no other team wants him. There must be other teams that want him. A few weeks back he came within hours of leaving Boston for good for just this reason until he received a stay of execution. He's a very valuable player and should just stay, no execution.

Lowell's value is nil as long as Youk, Beltre and Papi are healthy and productive. We're deep enough into the season that it's time to bet on their health and productivity. And even if one of them slumped terribly, none of these players will be benched in favor of Lowell given their track records and defensive importance.

The Sox must give up on the idea of getting any value back from Lowell. The value they will get is 1) space on the roster and a chance of keeping McDonald and 2) the opportunity to send him out of the division. My proposed trade: send him Seattle for a bag of potato chips and a guarantee (if this is within the rules) that he will not end up in the Bronx (sorry Mikey, but you're just too good a fit there).

I believe that Mike Lowell can still play. He can still hit and he could play a solid first and decent third. I don't think his days are numbered in the league but they should be over in Boston. Sorry.


Anonymous said…
You been a Lowell hater for a millenium. That's like hoping changing generals in A-stan will improve the war. Bag of chips? You've gone weak sauce girl-scout!
Wally said…
Not so much. I love me some Lowell and I think he might still have 3 more years of good ball to play. But this year it's a game of keep-away. But looks like I sort of called it since the Sox just couldn't move any more shells in order to keep Lowell on the roster. Send Atchison to PawSox for Lowell? Send Darnell out of the organization? It's time. Lowell is on the DL and we'll see if he plays again for them. I doubt it.

Anyway, I appreciate the comment. I do.

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