The Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox had not completed the Mike Lowell-Max Ramirez deal as of this afternoon. Major League Baseball had not yet received the request by the Red Sox to transfer $9 million of Lowell’s $12 million 2010 salary to Texas which is the final part of the transaction.
Major League sources familiar with the deal indicate the Rangers are looking over Lowell’s thumb injury very closely. Lowell’s hip surgery has reduced the third baseman’s range, but the Rangers are willing to accept that if the thumb/hand are OK.
The sentiment from both teams is that the trade will go through.
The Red Sox also decided not to tender a contract to outfielder Brian Anderson.