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Mike Lowell 3B

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
16 6498 .279 .342 .464 112 31.4
Birth Date2-24-1974
Height6' 4"
Weight195 lbs
Age45 years, 7 months, 26 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
1998 NYA 24 8 15 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .267 .267 .267 84 -0.3 -0.5 0.5 0.0
1999 FLO 25 97 344 78 15 0 12 26 69 5 0 0 .253 .317 .419 95 -0.5 -0.9 -3.1 0.6
2000 FLO 26 140 582 137 38 0 22 54 75 9 4 0 .270 .344 .474 109 10.6 -3.8 -2.4 2.4
2001 FLO 27 146 614 156 37 0 18 43 79 10 1 2 .283 .340 .448 107 8.0 -3.7 0.6 2.5
2002 FLO 28 160 677 165 44 0 24 65 92 4 4 3 .276 .346 .471 118 17.8 -1.4 -2.1 3.7
2003 FLO 29 130 557 136 27 1 32 56 78 3 3 1 .276 .350 .530 131 23.9 0.6 -2.1 3.9
2004 FLO 30 158 671 175 44 1 27 64 77 6 5 1 .293 .365 .505 128 25.2 -3.3 -4.7 3.9
2005 FLO 31 150 558 118 36 1 8 46 58 2 4 0 .236 .298 .360 83 -11.1 -2.9 -2.6 0.2
2006 BOS 32 153 631 163 47 1 20 47 61 4 2 2 .284 .339 .475 111 11.8 -0.5 18.3 5.0
2007 BOS 33 154 653 191 37 2 21 53 71 3 3 2 .324 .378 .501 129 26.9 -6.8 9.9 5.1
2008 BOS 34 113 468 115 27 0 17 38 61 5 2 2 .274 .338 .461 114 9.3 -5.4 8.2 2.7
2009 BOS 35 119 484 129 29 1 17 33 61 1 2 1 .290 .337 .474 102 2.5 -2.3 -0.2 1.5
2010 BOS 36 73 244 52 13 0 5 23 34 0 0 0 .239 .307 .367 94 -1.5 -2.5 0.4 -0.1
Career1601649816193947223548817523014.279.342.464112122.7-33.320.731.4

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
1995 ONE A- NYP 72 313 .000 .000 .000 .293 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 GRB A SAL 113 487 .000 .000 .000 .297 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 TAM A+ FSL 24 85 .000 .000 .000 .333 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 NRW AA EAS 0 337 .000 .000 .000 .346 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 COH AAA INT 0 236 .000 .000 .000 .267 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 NYA MLB AL 8 15 .275 .349 .427 .286 93 -1 0.4 0.1 84 12 0.5 -0.5 -0.3 0.0
1998 COH AAA INT 0 553 .000 .000 .000 .323 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 FLO MLB NL 97 344 .265 .338 .426 .284 95 -6.5 9.4 1.4 95 7 -3.1 -0.9 -0.5 0.6
1999 CLG AAA PCL 0 91 .000 .000 .000 .387 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 FLO MLB NL 140 582 .265 .337 .429 .273 108 0.1 18.3 2.5 109 9 -2.4 -3.8 10.6 2.4
2001 FLO MLB NL 146 614 .262 .326 .421 .297 98 7.9 18.3 2.5 107 10 0.6 -3.7 8.0 2.5
2002 FLO MLB NL 160 677 .260 .328 .413 .287 99 14.8 19.5 2.7 118 10 -2.1 -1.4 17.8 3.7
2003 FLO MLB NL 130 557 .265 .330 .425 .268 98 19.1 14.7 2 131 8 -2.1 0.6 23.9 3.9
2004 FLO MLB NL 158 671 .265 .332 .426 .298 92 33.6 20.0 2.4 128 11 -4.7 -3.3 25.2 3.9
2005 FLO MLB NL 150 558 .266 .329 .423 .248 93 -12.8 16.1 2 83 9 -2.6 -2.9 -11.1 0.2
2006 BOS MLB AL 153 631 .272 .335 .432 .287 106 7 19.0 2.6 111 8 18.3 -0.5 11.8 5.0
2007 BOS MLB AL 154 653 .272 .340 .424 .337 102 27.9 19.4 2.7 129 9 9.9 -6.8 26.9 5.1
2008 BOS MLB AL 113 468 .262 .330 .413 .282 106 2.8 13.5 1.7 114 11 8.2 -5.4 9.3 2.7
2008 PAW AAA INT 3 14 .282 .347 .428 .250 87 1 0.4 -0.2 82 0 0.1 -1.2 -0.5 -0.1
2009 BOS MLB AL 119 484 .270 .337 .433 .301 111 -3.1 13.9 1.1 102 12 -0.2 -2.3 2.5 1.5
2010 BOS MLB AL 73 244 .257 .322 .401 .258 116 -7.4 6.7 -3.7 94 12 0.4 -2.5 -1.5 -0.1
2010 PAW AAA INT 5 22 .268 .335 .425 .467 105 6.7 0.7 -0.3 258 0 -0.1 -0.5 3.8 0.3

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
1995 ONE A- NYP 313 281 36 73 18 0 1 94 27 23 34 3 1 .260 .322 .335 .075 0 0
1996 GRB A SAL 487 433 58 122 33 0 8 179 64 46 43 10 3 .282 .355 .413 .132 2 2
1996 TAM A+ FSL 85 78 8 22 5 0 0 27 11 3 13 1 1 .282 .305 .346 .064 1 1
1997 COH AAA INT 236 210 36 58 13 1 15 118 45 23 34 2 4 .276 .356 .562 .286 0 0
1997 NRW AA EAS 337 285 60 98 17 0 15 160 47 48 30 2 1 .344 .445 .561 .218 0 0
1998 COH AAA INT 553 510 79 155 34 3 26 273 99 37 85 4 0 .304 .358 .535 .231 0 0
1998 NYA MLB AL 15 15 1 4 0 0 0 4 0 0 1 0 0 .267 .267 .267 .000 0 0
1999 FLO MLB NL 344 308 32 78 15 0 12 129 47 26 69 0 0 .253 .317 .419 .166 5 0
1999 CLG AAA PCL 91 83 11 26 3 0 2 35 9 8 19 0 0 .313 .374 .422 .108 0 0
2000 FLO MLB NL 582 508 73 137 38 0 22 241 91 54 75 4 0 .270 .344 .474 .205 11 0
2001 FLO MLB NL 614 551 65 156 37 0 18 247 100 43 79 1 2 .283 .340 .448 .165 10 0
2002 FLO MLB NL 677 597 88 165 44 0 24 281 92 65 92 4 3 .276 .346 .471 .194 11 0
2003 FLO MLB NL 557 492 76 136 27 1 32 261 105 56 78 3 1 .276 .350 .530 .254 6 0
2004 FLO MLB NL 671 598 87 175 44 1 27 302 85 64 77 5 1 .293 .365 .505 .212 3 0
2005 FLO MLB NL 558 500 56 118 36 1 8 180 58 46 58 4 0 .236 .298 .360 .124 9 1
2006 BOS MLB AL 631 573 79 163 47 1 20 272 80 47 61 2 2 .284 .339 .475 .190 7 0
2007 BOS MLB AL 653 589 79 191 37 2 21 295 120 53 71 3 2 .324 .378 .501 .177 8 0
2008 PAW AAA INT 14 13 0 3 0 0 0 3 3 0 1 0 0 .231 .231 .231 .000 0 0
2008 BOS MLB AL 468 419 58 115 27 0 17 193 73 38 61 2 2 .274 .338 .461 .186 6 0
2009 BOS MLB AL 484 445 54 129 29 1 17 211 75 33 61 2 1 .290 .337 .474 .184 5 0
2010 BOS MLB AL 244 218 23 52 13 0 5 80 26 23 34 0 0 .239 .307 .367 .128 3 0
2010 PAW AAA INT 22 22 5 11 4 0 4 27 10 0 3 0 0 .500 .500 1.227 .727 0 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2008 1659 0.4985 0.4099 0.8750 0.5683 0.2524 0.9277 0.7571 0.1250 0.0021
2009 1746 0.5246 0.4359 0.8765 0.5873 0.2687 0.9331 0.7399 0.1235 0.0043
2010 892 0.5291 0.4507 0.8582 0.6081 0.2738 0.9164 0.7130 0.1418 -0.0065
Career42970.51550.42890.87210.58430.26350.92750.74100.12790.0012

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2010-09-02 2010-09-02 DTD 0 0 Trunk Fracture Rib -
2010-06-23 2010-08-03 15-DL 41 34 Right Hip Soreness -
2010-03-27 2010-03-29 Camp 2 0 Left Knee Contusion Foul Ball -
2009-12-30 2009-12-30 Off 0 0 Right Thumb Surgery Radial Collateral Ligament 2009-12-30
2009-10-04 2009-10-05 DTD 1 1 Right Thumb Soreness Thumb -
2009-10-01 2009-10-01 DTD 0 0 Left Ankle Contusion Foul Ball -
2009-09-28 2009-10-01 DTD 3 3 Right Hip Arthritis Synvisc Injection -
2009-06-28 2009-07-17 15-DL 19 14 Right Hip Strain -
2009-06-20 2009-06-23 DTD 3 2 Right Hip Tightness -
2008-10-21 2008-10-21 Off 0 0 Right Hip Surgery Labrum and Tendon and Bony Lesion 2008-10-21
2008-10-06 2008-10-19 DTD 13 0 Right Hip Inflammation Labrum -
2008-10-02 2008-10-05 DTD 3 0 Right Hip Inflammation -
2008-09-17 2008-09-26 DTD 9 8 Right Hip Inflammation -
2008-08-13 2008-09-05 15-DL 23 19 Right Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2008-08-04 2008-08-05 DTD 1 1 Right Hip Soreness -
2008-08-01 2008-08-01 DTD 0 0 Right Hip Strain Hip Flexor -
2008-04-10 2008-04-29 15-DL 19 18 Left Thumb Sprain Thumb -
2007-09-12 2007-09-14 DTD 2 1 General Medical Illness GI -
2007-06-19 2007-06-22 DTD 3 2 Left Thumb Soreness Thumb -
2007-06-13 2007-06-13 DTD 0 0 Left Thumb Soreness Thumb -
2007-06-01 2007-06-01 DTD 0 0 Wrist Contusion HBP -
2006-08-04 2006-08-08 DTD 4 3 Left Foot Contusion Foul Ball -
2006-08-01 2006-08-01 DTD 0 0 Right Foot Contusion Foul Ball -
2006-07-20 2006-07-22 DTD 2 2 General Medical Illness GI -
2005-06-14 2005-06-15 DTD 1 1 Left Ankle Sprain -
2005-05-19 2005-05-20 DTD 1 0 Contusion -
2004-03-05 2004-03-19 Camp 14 0 Right Elbow Inflammation -
2003-09-01 2003-10-26 15-DL 55 26 Left Hand Fracture 4th Metacarpal -
2003-07-14 2003-07-21 DTD 7 3 Left Groin Strain -
2003-03-07 2003-03-21 Camp 14 0 Low Back Strain -
2000-05-14 2000-05-29 15-DL 15 13 Left Thumb Strain Abductor Muscle - -
1999-04-02 1999-05-29 15-DL 57 48 - General Medical Surgery Testicular Cancer 1999-02-19 -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2011 $
2010 BOS $12,500,000
2009 BOS $12,500,000
2008 BOS $12,000,000
2007 BOS $9,000,000
2006 BOS $7,500,000
2005 FLO $7,500,000
2004 FLO $6,500,000
2003 FLO $3,700,000
2002 FLO $2,300,000
2001 FLO $500,000
2000 FLO $255,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
11 yrPrevious$74,255,000
11 yrTotal$74,255,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
11 y 20 dLevinson bros3 yr/$37.5M (08-10)

Details
  • re-signed as a free agent 11/19/07, 3 year/$37.5M (08-10), $1.5M signing bonus, 08-10:$12M/year
  • acquired in trade from FL 11/05
  • re-signed as a free agent 12/03, 4 year/$32M (05-08), 05:$6.5M, 06:$7.5M, 07:$9M, 08:$9M
  • club guaranteed 3 year/$25.5M (05-07) 10/04 in exch for waiver of rt to file FA if stadium plan fails
  • award bonus:$25K All-Star
  • FA after 04 (with $14M 05 player opt) if Miami stadium deal is not in place 11/1/04
  • re-signed as a free agent 12/03
  • arbitration-eligible after 03
  • 3 year/$6.5M (01-03) $10K All Star bonuses
  • 01:$0.5M, 02:$2.3M, 03:$3.7M

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ VORP FRAA WARP
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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

Rank Score Name Year DRC+ Trend

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2011 Trade rumors swirled from spring through August, but Mike Lowell finished his career with Boston. Hip and thumb injuries encouraged an early exit for the 36-year-old, but Lowell racked up two World Series rings, four All-Star appearances, a Gold Glove reputation, and nearly 40 WARP over his 13 years in the majors.
2010 Lowell’s last two seasons were nearly identical, with one tremendous exception: his defense. He managed to remain one of the game’s best-fielding third basemen in 2008 despite tearing the labrum of his right hip in June, but in 2009, after the hip was surgically repaired, he was a statue, ranking dead last in UZR among American League third-sackers. As a result, Kevin Youkilis started nearly a third of the team’s games at the hot corner, and the Sox have been chasing first basemen in anticipation of moving Youkilis to the hot corner full-time after Lowell’s contract expires following the 2010 season. As for Lowell, he has hit .283/.335/.432 away from Fenway over the last two seasons. Unless he can make a miraculous recovery in the field, his career as a starter will end when he leaves the Sox.
2009 Even with the partially torn labrum in his right hip, Lowell was still an asset on defense, at least until it got to the point where just standing around was a painful experience for him. Mixed in with the health problems were a few months where Lowell was one of the better hitters in the game (.324/.381/.581 May-June), along with others where he could barely keep things above the Mendoza line. Injuries aside, the overall line was a near twin of 2006, something that might have been expected given that Lowell's 2007 campaign was fueled by BABIP excess. As long as the hip is healthy—and it is expected to be healed up in time for spring training after arthroscopic surgery—you can expect more good work.
2008 In the same way that Adrian Beltre's 2004 season stands out to the good, Lowell's 2005 season stands out to the bad. The Red Sox were forced to take on his contract following that dud as part of the Beckett deal, but they've now volunteered to pay him $37.5 million over the next three seasons. The price is right in this market, and they're protected against a decline by the brevity of the deal (Lowell had wanted a fourth year, but ultimately agreed to return for three). This year, look for his average to return to .280 and everything else to stay about the same.
2007 Lowell was supposed to be the poison pill in the Josh Beckett trade, with the Sox taking on the remaining two years and $18 million of his contract. Moving to Fenway, he figured to improve superficially, and with Kevin Youkilis still available to slot in across the diamond, the Sox might have leveraged Lowell`s resuscitated value into a midseason trade. But after a hot start (.317/.373/.565 through May), Lowell cooled off considerably (.269/.323/.432) and was left to play out the string far from any pennant race. Still, he posted a stellar season in the field; even if he continues his more modest hitting, the leather helps him maintain some value.
2006 Now with the Red Sox, the big question is if last year`s season-long slump was, as Lowell contends, a crisis of confidence, or a sign of deteriorating reflexes. While most players as good as Lowell don`t just suddenly pack it in at age 31, it has been known to happen--Kevin McReynolds had his last good year at 30, Dale Murphy at 31. One good sign was that whatever weakness Lowell had with the stick, his glove was still handy. Should he snap back to form, the Red Sox will get a player whose production is quite similar to what they got from Bill Mueller, with an increase in home runs compensating for the losses in walks and average.
2005 He exercised his "stadium option" in October, then agreed to stay in Florida for the next three years, being guaranteed $25.5 million over that time. His deal looks like a bargain when you consider what Corey Koskie—inferior, fragile—and Troy Glaus—comparable, fragile—signed for over the winter. Other than the fluke injury in '03, Lowell has been durable. He'll settle in at a level just below his '03-'04 peak and be a championship-caliber player for a team less than that.
2004 Give Jeffrey Loria and company credit in one sense. Tying Lowell's new four-year, $32 million contract to construction of a new ballpark by offering Lowell an escape clause should the new park not get built is a great way to deflect blame to the insensitive masses, who obviously don't care enough about the team and South Florida's identity if they're not will- ing to hand a multi-millionaire $300 million for no good reason. Funny thing is, the Marlins would catch a break if Lowell leaves before the contract blows up in the team's face. Though it's uncomfortable to bring up, Lowell's lingering mid-season groin injury required several tests to determine if he'd suffered a recurrence of the testicular cancer that forced him into surgery in 1999, which raises a red flag. Paying what's now top-of-the-market money for four years of a player whose comparable player list hardly drips with Hall of Famers, and who turns 30 in February, is a bad decision. At best we'd project I .owell to hold steady for the next two or three years. He's a much better bet to decline than improve, starting this season.
2003 He batted .330/.388/.542 over the first two months of the season and spent the rest of the year reverting to the mean. Lowell’s a Miami native and a solid plus at the hot corner, but the Marlins are looking at trading him for a younger, cheaper model this off-season. With the Red Sox looking to deal Shea Hillenbrand, that’s a potential recipe for disaster.
2002 See Derrek Lee. It's not quite as bad, in that Lowell has less service time than Lee, so he's less expensive and his offense—comparable to Lee's—is more valuable at third base. Lowell is comparable to Tim Wallach in his prime, an above-average hitter and good defender. The Marlins need a couple of their young veterans—Lowell, Lee, Alex Gonzalez, Preston Wilson—to take it up a notch.
2001 Mike Lowell played the final four months of 1999 at less than 100% after beating testicular cancer. His strength returned last year and he emerged as the third sacker the team envisioned when they acquired him from the Yankees. Lowell is rock solid in all facets of the game, and though he’ll never be mistaken for Troy Glaus, he will be a valuable contributor to the next good Marlins’ club. Since last year’s Wilton was dead-on, I’m not going to disagree with this year's projection.
2000 While Lowell has some power and can play third base, he’s not special enough to be worth Ed Yarnall. That move was Dave Dombrowski’s one misstep during this rebuilding process; given the pitchers he’s picked up since then, it shouldn’t be fatal. Lowell goes into camp as the starting third baseman after the Kevin Orie trade, and that Wilton looks accurate.
1999 Screwed, and now must go to bed every night rooting for Scott Brosius' evil twin to return. Actually, he's likely to be elsewhere by the time you read this, as his trade value is peaking and he has almost no value to the Yankees. Some enterprising team can get themselves a cheap six-year solution at third base if they're quick. Will hit about like Tim Wallach and play average defense; that will push a lot of teams towards a championship.
1998 Lowell came out of nowhere to obliterate the Eastern League for two months before a promotion to Columbus. The organization is impressed with both his performance and with the effort he’s put in to add muscle and power. With the Yankee third base situation up in the air, Lowell has a good chance to come in and win a job. Even if 1997 is a fluke, he could settle in as a Dean Palmer-type third baseman for 1/25th the cost.
1997 He’s not much of a third base prospect, but the Yankees are so thin at the position he actually looks halfway decent. Still two years away from any chance at a job.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2010-08-02 13:30:00 (link to chat)Its only tenuously linked to the trade deadline topic, but is it me or does the Mike Lowell situation seem kinda sad, with a player seemingly being stuck in limbo, not being released, not being traded, not allowed to play. Are there any other situations like this that have occurred in baseball in recent memory?
(Keith C from Naugatuck, CT)
I guess I always think back to Steve Kemp, when the Yankees were going out of their way not to have him around after giving him a multi-year deal, but that was in the '80s. I wonder if they won't just kick Lowell to a rehab gig once they're on the clock for that without having to reactivate him before roster expansion. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-05-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)The Mike Lowell situation seems untenable. With the Angels and Twins present need for a 3rd baseman, what kind of prospects might Boston require to make a trade work...assuming that eat a portion of Mike's salary?
(greg from newburyport)
He's an old guy with an injury history who never plays. Nobody is going to give up much for him. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-05-24 14:00:00 (link to chat)If the Red Sox manage to pry Chris Ianetta away from the Rockies, does that mean the end of Mike Lowell in Boston? And, conversely, would such a trade prove that the Rockies don't have much of a clue?
(dcoonce from bloomington indiana)
I'm reasonably confident that the Rockies aren't about to trade Iannetta, and that most of this is about other people's desperation talking. Symptoms of panic in Beantown after the master plan's initial implosion were bound to be interesting, and coveting Iannetta seems to be just that. As for Lowell, as I noted on Friday, I'm already convinced he's a waste of a roster spot. The question is whether or not they've exhausted all of their options as far as finding a dance partner; I'd take as given that they're already pre-booked for a power lunch of eating cash, with a super-sized doggy bag to eat even more later. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-04-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Please release David Ortiz? Please release David Ortiz? Please release David Ortiz? How many chances does he get? Either take whatever it was that you used to take, and start producing or get off the pot.
(justin kolpak from CT)
I understand the sentiment and more than just a few Red Sox fans share it with you. Ortiz obviously had a similar slow start last year, and rebounded reasonably well, but there seem to be more red flags this time around. From what I've seen, he is swinging through, and fouling off, an awful lot of pitches that he used to absolutely punish. Not just a few, most of them, so the bat speed appears to be waning, waning, waning. Of course, you're then left with: Who takes his place in the lineup? Mike Lowell might be a better DH option and not just against lefties, but he isn't exactly in his prime either, and due to age and injury he runs like he has a piano on his back. Orlando Cepeda did a solid, piano-legs-with-a-decent-bat job as the club's first-ever DH back in the day, and maybe that's Lowell, without the good nickname? (David Laurila)
2010-04-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)how much time do you spend transcribing each interview? it must take a long time! the world thanks you though ;-)
(dgrabz from nj)
Given that I type about as fast Mike Lowell goes from first to third...

Unless you're one of the BP interns that helps out in this area from time to time, then my answer is the same. And thanks. (David Laurila)
2010-03-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can you provide any further color to the Alex Gordon injury? Is it the kind of thing that can affect performance past the stated 3-4 week recovery window? Thanks.
(HankScorpio from KC)
Color? Blue.

Yes, this is at the tip of the thumb, so it shouldn't affect his grip the way something like what Mike Lowell had would. He should be able to come back and hit "normally" though after last year, what normal is is up for debate. I think he's still a nice sleeper pick. (Will Carroll)
2010-02-16 16:00:00 (link to chat)Are the Red Sox going to be able to unload Mike Lowell on someone? If they can't, do they cut him anyhow?
(goldenyeti from SF CA)
It doesn't seem that teams are lining up for Mike Lowell. I still don't know what the Rangers were thinking. It's not a secret that he's got one bad wheel. And yes, if the Red Sox can't find a trading partner and he's surplus to parts, then he's a sunk cost. It takes a good amount of swallowing of pride to do it, but the Red Sox should cut him loose. It's the logical thing to do. (Russell A. Carleton)
2009-12-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think about Beltre for the Red Sox if they can find someone to take Mike Lowell? Or, is that not realistic?
(judyblum from MA)
Wouldn't anyone willing to take Mike Lowell just sign Beltre? (Joe Sheehan)
2009-11-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Cabrera's got to be big news; just unbelievable they'd turn 'round and trade him after Miller/Maybin et al and taking on Willis's scud missle of a deal and arm. Pipe dream that a rebuilding team is better off grabbing that young guy now to build around, or is that just a bad way to deal with pre-arb years?
(J. Clancy Wiggum from Exhibition Stadium)
There is a big difference between putting someone on the trading block, a la Mike Lowell, and listening to offers. Right now it's unclear which bin Cabrera falls into, but I would tend to lean towards the latter. Actively shopping a player with a $152 million contract in the hopes of cutting costs is not necessarily the best strategy to extract a great return. They won't move Cabrera, likely a big key to their future success, unless Dombrowski is wow'd and can get more than he surrendered (Miller/Maybin). (Eric Seidman)
2009-10-07 14:30:00 (link to chat)What do you use to define a good and bad defensive player? UZR? I think UZR is a good stat for the most part but I think it's misleading. Take a guy like Mike Lowell or Jeter in years past....neither has the best range, but if they can get their glove on a ball, they're pretty darn good at making the play. Is it accurate to call them a "bad" fielder then? Is there another adjective we could use?
(Greg from DC)
Generally I try to look at UZR, Plus/Minus *and* FRAA to get as full a picture as possible when it comes to a player's defense, and I'm OK with the idea that those metrics may not produce a consensus every time. Defense is tough to get a handle on statistically, and there are a lot more nuances to appreciate to divide the world in to good and bad fielders. Some guys have better range, some have better hands, and some have better arms, though they may not all add up to great packages.

Jeter has done a lot regarding conditioning over the past two years to improve his mobility to his left and thus his overall defense. Rob Neyer blogged about a fascinating piece today by Ian O'Connor. See: http://myespn.go.com/blogs/sweetspot/0-6-21/Derek-Jeter-s-amazing-transformation.html (Jay Jaffe)
2009-08-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is there anything wrong with John Smoltz other than bad luck? His strikeout, walk, ground ball, and line drive rates are all very healthy.
(David from Evanston, IL)
While those components are healthy, his homer rate is terrible. I'm wondering how much of that is because he's serving up meat to the hitters, or just bad luck from a small sample. I will tell you that the Red Sox defense isn't doing him any favors. Their defensive efficiency is awful (thank Jason Bay, no Crisp coming in during the late innings, and a one-legged Mike Lowell for that one) and Smoltz's BABIP reflects that as well. I'm holding out hope, but I wouldn't say I'm overly optimistic. (Marc Normandin)
2009-06-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat, Will. Is there much chance of an injury recurrence for the Hip Crew (Mike Lowell, A-Rod, etc.)?
(mattymatty from Philly)
Good question and the answer is flat out, we don't know. I don't know, the doctors don't know, the players don't know. We have nothing to judge it on, the same way that Jobe and John didn't know what would happen after the first UCL replacement. (Did I mention you should go listen to BPR?) There's some guidance from other sports, but if I tell you skiers have good results, does that make you feel any better? (Will Carroll)
2008-12-05 14:00:00 (link to chat)How much do teams factor in blocking top prospects when signing free agents? While Teixeira is a wonderful player, does blocking Anderson factor in for Theo?
(jimoneill from CT)
It depends on the team the extent to which it factors in; you have to assess the player's upside, his distance from the show, and his value as a tradable commodity in making your evaluation.

I honestly don't think the Red Sox are serious players for Texeira because I do think they think highy of Anderson and because it will be difficult to unload Mike Lowell's $25 million to accomodate it (moving Youkilis to third). I see their interest as a bluff designed to drive up Tex's price, but I don't know that for sure. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-11-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)First, the very best of health to you, sir. I hope your various maladies are not plaguing you at present. Second, I'm perplexed by the Mark Teixeira to the Red Sox rumors. Sure, Tex is a great player, but the Red Sox already possess two more years of both Mike Lowell and Kevin Youkilis. Now, neither is Teixeira (though Youkilis was this year), but neither is a slouch at the plate or in the field either. Looking beyond that, the Red Sox have Lars Anderson, who tore it up in A and AA and who projects to be ready for Boston by the time Lowell's contract expires. Taking all of this together, does it really make sense for Theo to spend $150+ Million of John Henry's money on what amounts to a slight up-grade?
(mattymatty from Philly)
The maladies are quiescent, thanks, and nothing troubling me at present except for some stitches in inconvenient places. I have turned down two TV opportunities this week because I look like someone punched me in the eye. Who knew I would be in demand the second week of November? I agree with your take, Matty. (Steven Goldman)
2008-11-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does a Mike Lowell for Javier Vazquez swap makes sense? They have similiar contracts (2 years, 23-25 million left), the White Sox could use a 3B while the Red Sox get a 5th starter and can go after Teixiera like they want to.
(Theo from (Boston))
I think it makes sense for you. I think it's a ridiculous idea for the White Sox. Vazquez isn't a "fifth starter," he's a very reliable #3, and I don't know what you can expect from Mike Lowell over the next two seasons. Josh Fields isn't very good, but is there that much difference between him and Lowell that you'd trade Vazquez to get it? (Joe Sheehan)
2008-10-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does anything karmically balance those crappy strike calls on drew and Kotsay? I need to enjoy the Rays' victory guilt-free.
(Bill W from Brooklyn NY)
I think the fact that Kotsay was up there in the first place absolves the Rays. Although acquiring Kotsay for depth wasn't a bad idea (not that he helped), the idea to stick him at first base throughout the playoffs when Mike Lowell went down was an unmitigated disaster. I kept wondering if Jeff Bailey would have done better. (Steven Goldman)
2008-08-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Lars Anderson is killing the ball in AA, if he is ready by next year, what should the sox do with Lowell and Youk at the corners?
(Tony from NY)
Well, he won't be ready by next year, at least as far as the Red Sox are concerned. Even if Mike Lowell declines, there's enough of a defensive gap between Lowell/Youkilis and Youkilis/Anderson to make that kind of move questionable. The question comes after next year, with Lowell having a year left on his deal and all three of he, Youks and Ortiz possibly free agents after 2010. (Joe Sheehan)


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