World Series MVP Lowell stays with Sox
Vail, CO Colorado
BOSTON ” World Series MVP Mike Lowell is staying with the Boston Red Sox.
The third baseman and the Red Sox reached a preliminary agreement Monday on a $37.5 million, three-year contract, according to two people familiar with the negotiations who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been finalized.
Lowell reached career highs this season with a .324 average, 21 homers and 120 RBIs. He batted fifth in Boston’s powerful lineup behind David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez.
He hit .400 (6-for-15) during Boston’s four-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies, with four RBIs, three walks and a team-high six runs.
Lowell made $9 million this year and filed for free agency. The Philadelphia Phillies were among the teams interested in him and might have offered four guaranteed years.
Lowell’s teammates and fans made clear that they wanted to see him back in Boston ” and urged them not to pursue Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who became a free agent before deciding to return to New York.
“Forget about A-Rod. We’ve got Mike Lowell in the house,” Ramirez yelled out during the team’s victory parade through Boston.
A four-time All-Star, Lowell came to Boston from Florida when he was tossed into the Josh Beckett trade because the small-budget Marlins wanted to shed his $9 million salary after he had a disappointing season.
Lowell, 33, had initially pushed for a four-year deal with the Red Sox.
AP Baseball Writer Ronald Blum in New York contributed to this report.