Mike Lowell Deal With Texas OFF
Boston Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell will not be going to the Texas Rangers after all. The deal is off because the Rangers, when they examined Mikey's right thumb, found a torn radial collateral ligament that will require surgery. Lowell will have that procedure done next week. Is this good for the club? Money wise, it isn't. Boston was going to have to pay only (only??) $9 million of his $12 million salary. But that's not important. What happens if the Sox acquire first base slugger Adrian Gonzales. The original plan with Lowell gone would have been to move the versatile Kevin Youkilis to third to make room for him. That still might happen. Another logical alternative would have Lowell moving over to first if there is no power trade, but Red Sox manager Terry Francona has said he does not want to do that because Mike has never played that position before. Makes sense to me. How about slotting Lowell in at DH when the team faces a left hander. Hmmm. This is one where team management's judgement will determine Lowell's fate. He's being paid twelve million dollars no matter what, so they have to play him in some capacity.
In weather news, I'm sure most of you heard what happened when that monster nor'easter storm barreled up the eastern seaboard. Many cities, places not used to snow (DC) received 20 inches plus of the white stuff. That is staggering. Here in Connecticut, the numbers varied wildly. The southeastern third of the state was dumped on with twenty plus inches while the northwest portion received just four or five inches. I'm in north central Connecticut, so we're in the middle of those figures. On my mini-walk on this pre-dawn Sunday morning, it was snowing moderately with ten inches on the ground. At the most, two or three more inches will fall, and that's just fine with me. It will be a perfect morning for Nadia (when she wakes up..it's only 5:30am) and I to have a snowball fight. She said she'd splatter me. I have a different opinion. But when the sun peeks over the horizon, it sure will be a pretty and brilliantly bright white sight. Sunglasses, please. I can't wait.
You can click on this post's title for more on the Mike Lowell situation on this peaceful (except for the plow drivers) Sunday morning and as always, BE WELL. See ya.