Sunday, November 11, 2007

If Not Mike Lowell, Then Who?

Tony Massarotti of the Boston Herald wrote a very interesting article in the Sunday edition of that newspaper. It's title is "Plan B Begins With A," and it is all about what the Red Sox will do in case Mike Lowell goes elsewhere. Here's a little bit of it....I'll link the entire thought provoking piece, so just click on the title of this post. Here's that taste....

"The Red Sox certainly seem sincere about their attempt to re-sign Lowell, who is (and should be) their first choice. The question is at what cost. From the very start of this negotiation, the sticking point was going to be the term of the deal, be it three years or four. (The Sox have offered the former and Lowell wants the latter.) Most have correctly assumed, too, that Lowell will earn between $12-$15 million annually, which puts a three-year package between $36-$45 million.
So what did the Sox do out of the gate? They offered $36 million, a proposal that almost certainly will be rejected, if it has not been already. (The Sox undoubtedly expected this.) With the Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees and Los Angeles Angels all in need of a third baseman, Lowell almost certainly will get a four-year offer in the range of at least $48-50 million when he is able to discuss financial terms with other clubs this week."

Peter here. I didn't know that the Sox offer to their third baseman was only for $12 million a year....Mikey SHOULD reject that. But at the same time, I can see why the club is balking at a four year deal. After all, Lowell's 34. But $36 million? C'mon front office! That's insulting!! I see now why there has been no news as of yet, and Monday night is fast approaching. I do not understand the logic. Why not make the guy an offer that would be seriously considered rather than rejected, and rightly so? Does the club really want AROD?? The boos of the Fenway Faithful will quickly change to wild and enthusiastic cheers once Alex dons that sacred uniform, that I know. But that's about ALL I know right now. Except for one important thing. I WANT MIKE LOWELL BACK....I just don't want the club to screw him, and that's exactly what their initial offer accomplished.

Please read Massarotti's entire article, and if you wish, leave a comment for me to respond to....what do you think the Sox are up to with such a devastatingly low offer? Did they just go through the formality of a salary proposal when anyone who can read can tell that it was a half-assed one? Are they coveting AROD for the hot corner? He'd hit 50 home runs easily with half of his games at Fenway. Right now I can't fathom the thought processes of Theo, John, Larry and all the powers-that-be who make these decisions. And remember, Mike Lowell had a higher batting average than Alex did, and his defense, at least to me, is superior. So please click on the title of this post to read the entire article, and then I'd love to hear from you. Have a great Sunday. Here in North Central Connecticut, it's the coldest morning of this late autumn season--20 degrees F. Something we'll all get used to as the days grow shorter and the afternoon shadows grow longer. And right now the shadows are masking the bright face of third base. And I don't like it. Not at all.

16 Comments:

At 11/11/2007 8:07 AM, Blogger Mainecatwoman said...

We'll just have to wait and see. As much as I'd like to see Lowell back as well, the Sox weathered the same Johnny Damon storm and did fine.

 
At 11/11/2007 8:51 AM, Blogger Chris said...

I agree with mainecatwoman. I, too, want to see Mike Lowell back with the Sox, but Theo's decision on older big name players wanting longer term deals have all played out perfectly... Pedro wanted 4 yrs, Damon wanted 4 yrs... they both deteriorated in their second year away from Boston.

 
At 11/11/2007 9:59 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

MCW, the Sox caused that storm, and they were right in doing so.
Chris, you're right. So will they up the offer, or go directly for AROD?

 
At 11/11/2007 10:00 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

That's the BIG question!!!! Have a great Sunday!

 
At 11/11/2007 10:25 AM, Blogger capechris said...

Regarding the Mike Lowell resigning I to wnat him back. If the sox decide to go with A fraud count me as a fan who WILL boo him. He is a JERK not a team player and only cares about himself, if he were a team player he would have stayed with the yankees.Also come playoff time he turns into a useless player .cant handle the pressure .

 
At 11/11/2007 10:33 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

CapeChris, I appreciate your comment! It's just my opinion that if push comes to shove, and the Sox blow the Mikey thing (looks like they're trying to!!), well????

 
At 11/11/2007 10:35 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

CC, I really don't think you'd be booing AROD, as much as I, now, dislike him, but you'd be booing the front office for maybe letting this happen. Don't you think it seems like they have two different agendas?? Hey, thanks...great comment...and don't get me wrong. I want Mikey back!!

 
At 11/11/2007 12:05 PM, Blogger kswcats said...

I think they really need to sign Mike L and also sign A-rod let go of Lugo put A-rod at SS.Look at the stats puts up in the season that should get them back to the playoffs.

 
At 11/11/2007 12:39 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

Mike AND AROD? Wow..that's a lot of money! We still need an addition (or two) for the 'pen! Thanks...

 
At 11/11/2007 8:12 PM, Blogger kswcats said...

What about Coco Rice Crispy we can deal him he can't hit at all.He's a pretty good center fielder.

 
At 11/11/2007 10:24 PM, Blogger SOXTeamOfCentury said...

My Plan B:
Chris Carter is hitting .400 in the Venezuelan league. Try him for one season at 1B (w/ Youk at 3rd) or Lowrie hit .300 in AAA and played 3B a little in the AFL. Try him if Carter completely sucks. If both suck in 2008, sign Teixeira who is a FA in 2009, has similar numbers to Arod, is younger than Arod, and BOS fans don't hate him.

 
At 11/12/2007 6:17 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

STC, I'm pretty sure that the team wants Youk to stay at first....after all, he's the best there is fielding that position.
And KSW, AROD and Mikey are free agents...no trades involved. One or the other will be on the team--it just looks that way to me. But that insulting offer to Mikey! Wow!!

THANKS EVERYONE!!

 
At 11/16/2007 12:54 PM, Blogger CTFAN said...

They should give him the 4 years and be done with it. Pedro and Damon were totally different situations -- both had already started to break down but Lowell is in great shape. He is a glue in the clubhouse and on the field. Give hime the 4 - very shortsighted if they don't.

 
At 11/16/2007 1:07 PM, Blogger kswcats said...

The owners of all these ball club do not apreciate people like Lowel and there dedication?Look what he has done for the club give him what he's want's and should get quit wasting time before he sign's some where else.Look at what teams give people like A-rod!!! And i think Mike's better.

 
At 11/16/2007 1:16 PM, Blogger kswcats said...

Next they we'll be trying to deal Manny again? And Manny been a great player i never understood why returning teams in pro sport's always get rid of the people that won them the Campionship for them the year before??????please explain it to me.Look what they did to the 2004 Red Sox team.Pats team Deion Branch? Just some Examples????

 
At 11/16/2007 1:27 PM, Blogger kswcats said...

I understand contracts are up but if they are stil value to the team sign them and cut the else where like Crisp or Lugo or back up i forgot his name.Lugo isn't that bad he did have soe great play's in the playoff's i guess I'm not giving him to much credit but there will be more good free agent SS up this year!Just don't sign NO! BILLY BUCKNER'S LOL!!!!!!

 

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