Now that Mike Lowell's torn thumb ligament has put a pinch on the Rangers' pocketbook, Theo Epstein and the rest of the Red Sox front office face a rapidly diminishing market for the 36-year-old's rapidly diminishing services. áHowever, despite Lowell's Major-League worst -14.4 UZR/150 (i.e. his defense was atrocious), he remains a viable, affordable DH option for the Kansas City Royals. In 2009, Lowell batted .290 with 17 homers in 484 plate appearances. áThat average was actually 16 points better than in 2008 and 10 points above his career .280. áHe still produced a 7.1 wRAA, an 11.9 RAR, and a 1.2 WAR. áEither a miraculous defensive turnaround or a shift to designated hitter and Lowell becomes worth well beyond the $3 million a club needs to pay him in a deal with the Red Sox. áIn ...
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