An Internet report says that a deal that would send third baseman Mike Lowell to the Rangers is all but done. Boston would receive Max Ramirez and eat such a considerable chunk of Lowell's $12 million salary that it must first get the approval of Red Sox ownership before it can be finalized.
Lowell, who has suffered through injuries the past few seasons, still swings a good right-handed bat and could be a fit in the Rangers' lineup as the designated hitter and backup at first and third base. The Rangers could also set up a platoon at first base between Lowell and the left-handed hitting Chris Davis, who will enter spring training with the chance to play every day.
Can Lowell be the Rangers' cleanup hitter, or give hit behind Josh Hamilton and give the him the protection he needs? The 35-year-old has hit 17 homers each of the past two seasons while hitting .282 with a .337 on-base percentage. He doesn't struck out much, but he is a good candidate to hit into a double play.
What a day for the Rangers, who traded Kevin Millwood to free up $9 million and used it to pull together an agreement with free agent Rich Harden and a trade for Lowell.
Of course, as general manager Jon Daniels said on Tuesday, "Ninety percent of the rumors out there aren't accurate." He did not immediately respond to e-mails about Lowell. In his defense, it is almost 1 a.m. in Indianapolis.
-- Jeff Wilson