Report: Yanks had a deal in place for Mike Lowell

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Earlier this week we learned that the Yankees attempted to acquire Mike Lowell from the Red Sox as part of a three team trade with the Rangers, but now Buster Olney reports that the three clubs did in fact have a deal in place. The Yanks backed out because they didn’t like what they saw in Lowell’s medicals, unsurprising considering his recent hip trouble. There’s no word on the other players that would have been involved, but it’s safe to say it would have been fringy prospects, no one any team would miss.

I said on Monday that I wouldn’t be surprised in Lowell ends up in pinstripes at some point this month, but I’m going to retract that statement in the wake of Kevin Youkilis’ thumb injury. Turns out the Red Sox might actually need him now.

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  • Not Tank the Frank

    Yeah no thanks. My buddy who’s a Red Sox fan can’t wait to have Lowell off the team. I kept reminding him how the fans chanted his name after the 2007 Championship. Typical Sox fan. Got caught up in the moment and now just wants the FO to run the guy out of town.

    • Poopy Pants

      Just like the Yankees and Damon and Matsui, right?

      • Not Tank the Frank

        I fail to see how Yankees fans wanted the FO to run Damon and Matsui out of town. We wanted them to take less years (in Damon’s case) and I don’t think anyone would have minded Matsui for one year, $5 million.

        Red Sox fans were chanting Lowell’s name and chanting not to sign A-Rod – the far superior player. They got what they wanted and they’ve been paying for it ever since.

        • say-what

          Actually, what they got was unlucky with Lowell’s injury. But I challenge you to find one Red Sox fan (and honest Yankee fan) who are optimistic about the 2012-2017 years of Arod’s contract.

          Raise your hand if you wouldn’t be ecstatic with a straight swap of these two players this fall (come on, there’s more than a few of you).

          .807 OPS, .729 in road games. Fear the hip.

  • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    The deal in place that fell through:

    Mike Lowell from BOS to NYY
    Josh Hamilton, Cliff Lee, Elvis Andrus, Neftali Feliz, Martin Perez, and Nelson Cruz from TEX to BOS
    Nick Swisher, Robinson Cano, Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain, Jesus Montero, Dellin Betances, Andrew Brackman, Gary Sanchez, Cito Culver, and Mariano Rivera from NYY to TEX

    • E Street Shuffle

      The Yankees also agreed to pay off the Rangers debt

    • JGS

      Boston got cold feet when the Yankees asked for Nava

  • IOI

    Imagine if the Yankees made that deal and Youkilis still goes down? If only Cashman could see into the future.

  • Joe

    Lowell looked really hurt when he crushed that homer in his first at bat.

    • Zack

      Watch how he looks when he plays 3 days in a row

  • steve (different one)

    Serious question: doesn’t activating Lowell b/c Youkilis got hurt basically announce that they were playing roster shenanigans with Lowell?

    • Nostra-Artist


      The Yankees, of course, would never do such a thing.

    • Not Tank the Frank

      I don’t think so. He had played a couple rehab games in Triple-A before Youkilis got hurt.

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      You might be right. I’m sending David Ortiz to look into this matter and report his findings back to me, post-haste.

      Sen. George J. Mitchell, Jr.

  • Yankee27

    Tonight you will see both the Angels and the Tigers fall below .500
    They both could easily become sellers, and both have some interesting pieces.

    • Angelo

      It would be more interesting if the trade deadline hadn’t passed.

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        When the Angels fall out of it, I’d love it if they made Macier Izturis available for nothing but money, but I doubt they’d do that. They’d want a real prospect for him.

    • Nostra-Artist

      YES! Now we can FINALLY right the wrong made this off season and BRING BACK JOHNNY DAMON! We’ve really missed him in Left Fie…well no, but we could sure use a DH…no.

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Johnny Damon: LIDR.

        Your mind: blown.

        • bexarama

          Isn’t his UZR like 78 this year in some crazy small sample size?

          • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            He actually played 4 innings in CF this year and didn’t have a negative UZR.

            It was 0.0.

            I assume no balls were actually hit to him, as this is the only possible explanation for that statistic.

            • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

              Sorry: 4 games, not 4 innings.

              My bad.

              • bexarama

                I know one of those games was in Citi Field.

                Seriously. Leyland thought it was a great idea to have Damon play CF at Citi Field.

      • Matt Imbrogno

        Haha, well done, sir.

  • Accent Shallow

    I’m glad it fell through. Man can’t hit outside of Fenway anymore.

  • larryf

    Tori Hunter thrown out trying to steal 3rd no outs in 9th losing 9-7……priceless stupidity

  • Little Bill

    We don’t need that piece of trash. Alex hits #600, Yankees win, Red Sox and Rays lose. It’s a great day to be a Yankees fan.

  • P. Allen

    Albeit its not direct, I thought its understood that Yankees and Red Sox don’t trade with each other.

    • Plank

      I don’t know either of them personally, but I would bet Cashman and Theo care much less about the rivalry than the average fan. If there was a trade that both sides wanted, I think they would do it. Unless Hank steps in the way.