I think at this point Lowell is not going to be in Boston, and that sucks.
There's no mention in the espn article that he doesn't want to play first, and it seems that he and his agent are keeping their cards pretty close to their chests. This whole shopping around thing isn't just to discover his relative worth; I suspect there will be an announcement in the upcoming week about Mike's decision to leave Boston.
A few weeks back I posted a comment that ARod would remain in stripes next season, regardless of what fanfare popped up. I received plenty of flaming for it (mostly from Yankee's fans...). Now here we are with Mikey, and I'm standing by this. I hate it, I think it sucks, and I completely hope to be flamed if he stays in Boston. But it doesn't look promising at this point.
It's also unfair to bash him over the money issue. I agree that it's arguing over semantics at that level, but hell, he' worth more money in Boston. The irony is, if he ends up in NY, it's not a ballpark conducive to his swing. He's more valuable in Fenway than he is in most other parks. Sox should have offered him more per season, or another year on the contract.
Again, I really hope Lowell stays in Boston. There's more to respect about this man than the majority of athletes out there. Maybe he's holding out just to build the tension before dropping some good news on New England, but that's not usually the case.