Lowell to Rangers again?

The Red Sox traded Mike Lowell (and $9 million) to the Rangers for Max Ramirez during the Winter Meetings. The swap was called off when it turned out Lowell had a torn ligament in his right thumb.

Four months later, could the same deal get done again?

Texas is still looking for a Lowell-type of player and Lowell is still available. He’s playing third base tonight and the Rangers have a scout here at City of Palms Park.

Team scout games all the time, so that doesn’t necessarily mean anything. But it’s worth noting.

There are two potential holdups to a deal:

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1. Is Lowell healthy enough? He’s had thumb surgery, his hip will never be right until he gets it replaced and he fouled a ball off his knee the other day. The Rangers will have to make that determination. But Lowell is getting there.

2. How much money will the Sox eat? It was $9 million in December but the Rangers had more money to spend then.

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Meanwhile, now we know why Junichi Tazawa hasn’t been throwing too well in camp. He’s in Birmingham, Ala., today to be examined by Dr. James Andrews for an elbow problem.

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