Max Ramirez that is.
The Mike Lowell era ends as the Sox appear on the verge of moving the veteran for former catching prospect Max Ramirez. Reports say the Sox will pay a significant portion of Lowell's contract. Ramirez was a well regarded prospect just two years ago because of his strong hitting skills. Scouts do not and did not think much of his glove work. Still the fact the Sox could be eating as much as $9 million of Lowell's remaining contract suggests to me that they're high on Ramirez (interesting trend developing here, as the Sox appear to like many players with that very surname these days. Alas, the one they truly want plays with the fishes.) It also suggests the Sox want to clear a roster spot and some money for a corner infield pick up. Most people think the Sox want and will get Adrian Beltre. That would be a very good signing as the Sox were a poor fielding team last year and Beltre is among the best at the hot corner.