Last night, Channel 7 here in Boston reported that four teams have made offers to Mike Lowell that best the Red Sox's.
Each team has reportedly offered a four year contract, totaling between 55-60 million dollars.
Below the jump are the teams and my read on their situations
The teams are:
Presumably, Chipper Jones would move back into the outfield to make a spot for Lowell. Alongside Teixeira, the three would make a formidable center of the lineup. The Braves have the lowest payroll of the four and while Andruw Jones' salary is off the books, the Braves will continue to pay 15 million to Mike Hampton, who hasn't pitched a full season since 2004, and have been reported to want to trade for Tom Glavine, who also would bring a large salary.
New York Yankees
This one may have become less likely as the Yankees prepare to resign A-Rod for 10 years, 275 million dollars. However, there are reports that the Yankees would like Lowell to move to first base, thus enabling them to resign the most overpaid player in baseball and solidify their infield with our world series MVP.
St. Louis Cardinals
The Scott Rolen era in St. Louis seems to be coming to an end and so it makes sense that they are looking to fill the hole. Rolen takes with him a 2007 salary of 12 million, so the Cardinals also have some financial maneuverability.
[editor's note, by jamesvw] Rolen is under contract through 2010, as noted in the comments, but has been the subject of many trade rumors. He does, however, have a full no-trade clause
The Angels saw exactly what Mike Lowell could do up close and personal in the playoffs. Interestingly, they currently have five third basemen on their roster (although the ever flexible Chone Figgins can move around the diamond). If A-Rod stays in NY, the Angels will certainly be out looking for another big bat and Lowell may fit them well.
Thoughts, comments? Lowell seems to have little incentive to stay in Boston for the same amount of money and one less year. Maybe talk of these options will bump our offer up a bit.