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Sox offer three-year contract to Lowell

Nick Cafardo from The Globe says the Sox have offered Mike Lowell a three-year deal, but no other details are known.

Most of the GMs looking for a third baseman were waiting to see whether Mike Lowell would accept Boston's three-year offer, which has been out there for a couple of days and may be firm. If he takes it, it sets the ball rolling for where Florida's Miguel Cabrera, Alex Rodriguez, and the White Sox' Joe Crede end up.

There's no doubt that Lowell wants to remain in Boston, but the third base market could bear paying him four years at $13 million-$14 million. One National League GM said, "He'd get four years on the open market. No question. He's a great defensive third baseman. Our scouting reports indicate he can still hit and still catch up to a fastball. As long as he can catch up to a fastball, he's going to get the money. Right now there's no sign of decline. Everybody realizes the type of player he is and what he means in the clubhouse. Nobody wants to go four years with a 33-34-year old player. But if you have a need I think most teams would do it."

I really like Lowell, but three years? I'm thinking that's too much. I'm actually really surprised the Sox offered him that long of a deal. I figured they'd offer two at the most. I guess they don't want to piss off Red Sox Nation.

I would absolutely love to see Miguel Cabrera (Chubrera?) as the Red Sox third baseman of the future. He's got great upside (power bat) and some downside (he's bad defensively), but overall I think he'd be a good fit. I'd be worried how much the Sox would need to give up, though. And if he'd be able to adjust to the AL.