Lowell needs to have surgery due to a torn ligament in his right thumb. He'll have that surgery later this month.
The original deal was sending Lowell, along with $9 million of his remaining $12 salary, for the 2010 season to Texas in exchange for catcher Max Ramirez.
Maybe this trade not going through isn't such a bad thing.
The Rangers plan was to send Lowell across the diamond to play first base. Perhaps Boston should think about doing the same.
Or after the surgery, perhaps Theo Epstein could try to move him again in a trade package, but that seems unlikely at this point.
How awkward that must be for Lowell and Epstein. It's like saying, "Hey so it looks like you're staying in Boston after all, heh, heh. I hope you understand our situation, no hard feelings?"
With Lowell's class, there shouldn't be a problem. Maybe even better, he could produce to prove everyone wrong. He shouldn't be an everyday guy, just because of his hip, and if he were to switch over to first base if the Red Sox don't trade for Adrian Gonzalez, him and Kotchman along with Kevin Youkilis could all rotate.
It's just one possible scenario if no other moves are made. But in reality, more moves need to be made—especially with the loss of Jason Bay's bat.