Archive for Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Bosox officially ink Lowell

November 21, 2007


— Mike Lowell considered some better offers and ended up choosing his comfortable situation with the Red Sox.

And Boston's offer was pretty good, too.

"I can't say that I'm upset with the situation. How can you be upset with the money I'm going to be making in the next three years?" the World Series MVP said during a conference call.

The Red Sox third baseman finalized a $37.5 million, three-year contract Tuesday and said the "fit and comfort" level he has in Boston helped keep him with the champions.

Lowell filed for free agency after the playoffs and had been seeking a four-year deal. The 33-year-old made $9 million this past season. reported Philadelphia and Lowell discussed a potential four-year deal Sunday night. Another possibility was the New York Yankees, who wanted Lowell to switch to first and could've hurt their major rival with the signing.

"This utter hatred for the organization I just don't have because they actually helped me in a big way," said Lowell, who was drafted by the Yankees and came up through their organization.

His interest in New York "was somewhat diminished by the fact of moving to first," he said.

Lowell's decision took care of a major offseason question for Boston. Lowell gets $12 million in each of the next three years and a $1.5 million signing bonus.


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