Lowell to Rangers not done yet
The Red Sox and Rangers are deep in negotiations about a deal that would send Mike Lowell and cash — as in a substantial portion of Lowell’s $12 million salary — to Texas for Minor League catcher Max Ramirez. But Rangers general manager Jon Daniels emphasized several times Thursday morning that the deal has not been completed.
Here is a transcript from the discussion Daniels had with the media.
“Both clubs understand where the other one is and what we’re looking to do. At the same time, we’re also both looking at alternatives and what our options are as we kind of go through the process. “I don’t really have anything specific to give you guys but I think some of the reports of how close it is might be a little bit overstated.”
Specific obstacle to complete the deal, “I think there is always different layers to these things but both clubs are kind of evaluating. I think the general parameters are understood but both clubs need to decide whether it’s the right fit.”
Any chance of Lowell physical before deal is done? “Premature for me to say that.”
How long to decide? “I don’t know, I don’t want to put a time-table on it.”
Reports on money, six to total, “There’s a financial component to it but I’m not going to address that specifically.”
Agreement on how to handle finances, “I’ll just say that the general parameters of the deal are relatively understood. Both clubs know what’s on the table and we’ll continue to talk here and work through it.”
Holdup? “We’re not at that stage. But in any deal, a review of the medicals is part of it.”
“As Boston has, there’s a lot of moving parts. Sometimes it’s beneficial to take a half-step back and evaluate things.”
One team or another as further down the road? “Both clubs are looking at it.”
Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein departed Indianapolis on Thursday morning and was unavailable for comment.