Lowell in limbo; Beckett falls short
I know it has to make most Red Sox fans queasy that Mike Lowell can now negotiate with all 30 Major League teams. Give the Red Sox credit for this. They worked hard to get something done before their exclusivity window closed, but at this point, they seem to feel uncomfortable giving Lowell four guaranteed years.
Lowell is a sensible guy and ultimately he will be driven by his heart and by common sense, and not the dollars and cents. But how big a deal is that four years to him? I guess we’ll find out soon. He’ll have to weigh out all the pros and cons and maybe decide if he’d be happier in Boston for three years than he would be somewhere else for four years.
It remains to be seen what kind of players the Yankees will be through this whole thing. Remember how secretive they were with Johnny Damon and then they swooped in right at the last minute?
I’d like to see Lowell come back. Not only is he a terrific player, but he’s a clutch player and a team leader.
Now, to the other news of the day. Josh Beckett lost the Cy Young Award to C.C. Sabathia. All the voters can do is look at the numbers and go by as many personal observations as they had throughout the year. Watching Beckett all year, it was amazing how locked in he was. I’m sure Cleveland writers would say the same about Sabathia.
In the end, Beckett won a World Series and the ALCS MVP and I’m quite sure that means more to him than an individual award.