Lowell staying put
Everyone in Red Sox Nation can now rest easy. When the Red Sox kick off their 2008 season in Tokyo, Lowell will be at the hot corner and probably batting fifth.
The deal — according to numerous media accounts — is close to done, and likely to be announced on Tuesday. Lowell is getting about $12.5 million per season for a three-year deal. It seems like a good deal on both sides.
There are conflicting reports on whether Lowell actually received a four-year offer from another team. The Red Sox stayed true with their philosophy, which is to set a value on a player and stick to it. Lowell is a sensible and smart guy, and even if he could have made a little more money elsewhere, he probably knows that he’d be happier in Boston.
The Red Sox have now become a model franchise. They have professional veterans — such as Lowell — still in their prime. They have loads of young talent, as Dustin Pedroia and Jacoby Ellsbury were more than happy to demonstrate on the October stage. And they have a lot of pitching, from Beckett to Dice-K to Papelbon to Lester to Buchholz.
As far as the short term and long term, I’d be hard-pressed to find the last time the Red Sox were in this good of shape as an organization? Maybe it was the mid ’70s when guys like Rice and Lynn and Burleson were coming through the ranks and joining established players like Yaz and Fisk and Evans. But those teams didn’t have the pitching that this team does.
Now that the Lowell deal is basically done, what is next for Theo and Co.? Probably bullpen depth. Also, there is the matter of what to do about center field. Ellsbury is obviously ready to play. What would Coco bring back in a trade?
I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving. Sorry for the sporadic blogging of late. I’ll be fortified over the Thanksgiving holiday.