The Boston Red Sox are soon expected to trade third baseman Mike Lowell to the Texas Rangers for catcher Max Ramirez. The young Ramirez had 46 at bats last season in the show, hitting for an average of .217 with two home runs and nine RBI’s. The Sox will have to pick up most of Lowell’s $12 million salary as part of the deal.
Lowell underwent hip surgery after the 2008 season which really affected his mobility. He offered to contribute at first base in order to stay in Boston, but Red Sox management wasn’t too favorable towards the idea. “I’m not for it,” said Terry Francona. “The guy has played third base his whole life. He could do it, but I don’t know if it’s as easy as people think, and I don’t know if it’s in his best interests.”
While signing shortstop Marco Scutaro earlier this off-season, GM Theo Epstein said he’d like to see a better fit defense in 2010. “I think we could do more, certainly,” he said. “Whether we’re able to or not remains to be seen. I think it will be hard to improve both on offense and with our defense, but I’m not sure which direction it will go yet.” 2010 Boston Red Sox tickets are now available!