Yanks' pursuit of Lowell to send A-Rod to Bosox?
Just last week, at the general managers' meetings, Brian Cashman said that he expected Mike Lowell to return to the Red Sox.
But free agents can negotiate with other clubs today, and Lowell, the Most Valuable Player of the 2007 World Series, is still a free agent. And the Yankees intend to capitalize on that development - which, in turn, could push Alex Rodriguez toward the rival Red Sox.
The Yankees will reach out to Lowell, who grew up in their farm system, and in short time, they could make him an offer
"He's a player we're going to certainly talk to," Cashman said yesterday.
Cashman already has held extensive discussions this month with Lowell's agents, Sam and Seth Levinson, because the brothers also represent Jorge Posada, whom the Yankees locked up to a four-year contract last night.
The Red Sox have made a three-year offer to Lowell, reportedly for about $12 million per season.
But Lowell thinks he can get a four-year deal in the open market.
Cashman, since gaining full control of the Yankees in May 2005, has been conservative - from a years standpoint - in his contract offers to other teams' free agents.
So he might not embrace the idea of committing four years to Lowell, who will turn 34 in February 2008 and who hit far better in Fenway Park than on the road this past season.
But Lowell is an excellent defender, and his righthanded bat would balance the Yankees' predominantly lefty lineup.
If the Red Sox lose Lowell, then they would likely make a serious run at A-Rod, who nearly joined Boston in December 2003 but, after joining the Yankees, was treated harshly by Red Sox fans the past four years.