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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
13 6498 .279 .342 .464 .273 27.8
Birth Date2-24-1974
Height6' 4"
Weight195 lbs
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1998 NYA 24 8 15 15 1 4 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .267 .267 .267 .201 -0.6 0.1 -0.0
1999 FLO 25 97 344 308 32 78 15 0 12 129 26 69 5 5 0 47 0 0 .253 .317 .419 .244 1.1 -0.9 0.0
2000 FLO 26 140 582 508 73 137 38 0 22 241 54 75 9 11 0 91 4 0 .270 .344 .474 .271 21.3 -1.3 1.9
2001 FLO 27 146 614 551 65 156 37 0 18 247 43 79 10 10 0 100 1 2 .283 .340 .448 .273 25.6 -0.1 2.5
2002 FLO 28 160 677 597 88 165 44 0 24 281 65 92 4 11 0 92 4 3 .276 .346 .471 .281 31.4 0.8 3.3
2003 FLO 29 130 557 492 76 136 27 1 32 261 56 78 3 6 0 105 3 1 .276 .350 .530 .291 33.8 0.5 3.4
2004 FLO 30 158 671 598 87 175 44 1 27 302 64 77 6 3 0 85 5 1 .293 .365 .505 .305 52.9 -4.9 4.7
2005 FLO 31 150 558 500 56 118 36 1 8 180 46 58 2 9 1 58 4 0 .236 .298 .360 .238 5.0 -5.0 0.0
2006 BOS 32 153 631 573 79 163 47 1 20 272 47 61 4 7 0 80 2 2 .284 .339 .475 .270 33.3 13.2 4.5
2007 BOS 33 154 653 589 79 191 37 2 21 295 53 71 3 8 0 120 3 2 .324 .378 .501 .299 49.8 3.1 5.2
2008 BOS 34 113 468 419 58 115 27 0 17 193 38 61 5 6 0 73 2 2 .274 .338 .461 .266 12.8 8.0 2.1
2009 BOS 35 119 484 445 54 129 29 1 17 211 33 61 1 5 0 75 2 1 .290 .337 .474 .254 11.4 -1.7 1.0
2010 BOS 36 73 244 218 23 52 13 0 5 80 23 34 0 3 0 26 0 0 .239 .307 .367 .230 -7.0 0.5 -0.7
Career160164985813771161939472232696548817528419523014.279.342.464.273271.012.327.8

Advanced

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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
1995 ONE A- 72 313 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .293 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 GRB A 113 487 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .297 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 TAM A+ 24 85 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .333 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 NRW AA 0 337 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .346 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 COH AAA 0 236 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .267 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 NYA MLB 8 15 .201 .275 .349 .427 .269 .286 93 -1 0.4 0.1 0.1 -0.5 -0.6 -0.0 -0.6 -0.0
1998 COH AAA 0 553 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .323 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 FLO MLB 97 344 .244 .265 .338 .426 .257 .284 95 -6.5 9.4 1.4 -0.9 -0.9 1.1 0.0 1.1 0.0
1999 CLG AAA 0 91 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .387 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 FLO MLB 140 582 .271 .265 .337 .429 .258 .273 97 7.3 16.0 2.5 -1.3 -3.8 21.3 1.9 21.3 1.9
2001 FLO MLB 146 614 .273 .262 .326 .421 .259 .297 96 8.8 16.6 2.5 -0.1 -3.7 25.6 2.5 25.6 2.5
2002 FLO MLB 160 677 .281 .260 .328 .413 .260 .287 98 15.3 17.2 2.7 0.8 -1.4 31.4 3.3 31.4 3.3
2003 FLO MLB 130 557 .291 .265 .330 .425 .260 .268 98 19.1 14.7 2 0.5 0.6 33.8 3.4 33.8 3.4
2004 FLO MLB 158 671 .305 .265 .332 .426 .264 .298 92 33.6 20.0 2.4 -4.9 -3.3 52.9 4.7 52.9 4.7
2005 FLO MLB 150 558 .238 .266 .329 .423 .263 .248 93 -12.8 16.1 2 -5.0 -2.9 5.0 0.0 5.0 0.0
2006 BOS MLB 153 631 .270 .272 .335 .432 .257 .287 106 7 19.0 2.6 13.2 -0.5 33.3 4.5 33.3 4.5
2007 BOS MLB 154 653 .299 .272 .340 .424 .265 .337 102 27.9 19.4 2.7 3.1 -6.8 49.8 5.2 49.8 5.2
2008 BOS MLB 113 468 .266 .262 .330 .413 .258 .282 106 2.8 13.5 1.7 8.0 -5.4 12.8 2.1 12.8 2.1
2008 PAW AAA 3 14 .321 .282 .347 .428 .282 .250 87 1 0.4 -0.2 0.1 -1.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2009 BOS MLB 119 484 .254 .270 .337 .433 .264 .301 111 -3.1 13.9 1.1 -1.7 -2.3 11.4 1.0 11.4 1.0
2010 BOS MLB 73 244 .230 .257 .322 .401 .252 .258 116 -7.4 6.7 -3.7 0.5 -2.5 -7.0 -0.7 -7.0 -0.7
2010 PAW AAA 5 22 .536 .268 .335 .425 .254 .467 103 6.9 0.7 -0.3 -0.1 -0.5 6.8 0.6 6.8 0.6

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1995 ONE A- 313 36 73 18 0 1 27 23 34 3 1 .260 .322 .335 .075 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 GRB A 487 58 122 33 0 8 64 46 43 10 3 .282 .355 .413 .132 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 TAM A+ 85 8 22 5 0 0 11 3 13 1 1 .282 .305 .346 .064 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 NRW AA 337 60 98 17 0 15 47 48 30 2 1 .344 .445 .561 .218 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 COH AAA 236 36 58 13 1 15 45 23 34 2 4 .276 .356 .562 .286 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 COH AAA 553 79 155 34 3 26 99 37 85 4 0 .304 .358 .535 .231 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 NYA MLB 15 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .267 .267 .267 .000 .201 -0.6 0.1 -0.0
1999 CLG AAA 91 11 26 3 0 2 9 8 19 0 0 .313 .374 .422 .108 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 FLO MLB 344 32 78 15 0 12 47 26 69 0 0 .253 .317 .419 .166 .244 1.1 -0.9 0.0
2000 FLO MLB 582 73 137 38 0 22 91 54 75 4 0 .270 .344 .474 .205 .271 21.3 -1.3 1.9
2001 FLO MLB 614 65 156 37 0 18 100 43 79 1 2 .283 .340 .448 .165 .273 25.6 -0.1 2.5
2002 FLO MLB 677 88 165 44 0 24 92 65 92 4 3 .276 .346 .471 .194 .281 31.4 0.8 3.3
2003 FLO MLB 557 76 136 27 1 32 105 56 78 3 1 .276 .350 .530 .254 .291 33.8 0.5 3.4
2004 FLO MLB 671 87 175 44 1 27 85 64 77 5 1 .293 .365 .505 .212 .305 52.9 -4.9 4.7
2005 FLO MLB 558 56 118 36 1 8 58 46 58 4 0 .236 .298 .360 .124 .238 5.0 -5.0 0.0
2006 BOS MLB 631 79 163 47 1 20 80 47 61 2 2 .284 .339 .475 .190 .270 33.3 13.2 4.5
2007 BOS MLB 653 79 191 37 2 21 120 53 71 3 2 .324 .378 .501 .177 .299 49.8 3.1 5.2
2008 PAW AAA 14 0 3 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 .231 .231 .231 .000 .321 0.0 0.1 0.0
2008 BOS MLB 468 58 115 27 0 17 73 38 61 2 2 .274 .338 .461 .186 .266 12.8 8.0 2.1
2009 BOS MLB 484 54 129 29 1 17 75 33 61 2 1 .290 .337 .474 .184 .254 11.4 -1.7 1.0
2010 BOS MLB 244 23 52 13 0 5 26 23 34 0 0 .239 .307 .367 .128 .230 -7.0 0.5 -0.7
2010 PAW AAA 22 5 11 4 0 4 10 0 3 0 0 .500 .500 1.227 .727 .536 6.8 -0.1 0.6

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 1660 0.5114 0.4099 0.8824 0.5654 0.2466 0.9313 0.7650 0.1176
2009 1746 0.5298 0.4359 0.8857 0.5881 0.2643 0.9430 0.7419 0.1143
2010 869 0.5178 0.4488 0.8564 0.6067 0.2792 0.9267 0.6923 0.1436
Career42750.52020.42840.87850.58310.26050.93510.74080.1215

Injury History

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

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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 Iíve 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, youíre 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 isnít 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 clubís first-ever DH back in the day, and maybe thatís 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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