About 15 minutes after the final out, a huge horde of red-clad Boston fans behind the third base dugout chanted "MVP! MVP!" for Lowell and "Re-sign Lowell! Re-sign Lowell!"File this under "Obvious," but Mike Lowell is going to be verrrry hard to get this off-season.
"Free agency to me is very new, so I'm going to take it step by step. But I've never hid the fact that I enjoy playing here in Boston," Lowell said. "I have great teammates, a great manager, great coaches, so we'll see what happens."
It would have been hard enough to get him if the BoSox would have been knocked out in the first round or two, but now that they won the World Series, and he played so well, he might be untouchable.
I see three major candidates for Lowell's services next year, and here is how it breaks down.
1) Red Sox - He was a clutch performer for a World Series winner. They are going to want him back and they have the money to pay him above market value. And it's not like he's miserable in Boston (see above quote.) Like Toby in "Michael Scott's Dunder-Mifflin Scranton Meredith Palmer Memorial Celebrity Rabies Awareness Fun Run Pro-Am Race for the Cure," the BoSox are way out in front in the race for Mike Lowell.
2) Yankees - Now that A-Rod has opted out of his contract and at this moment it looks like the Yanks won't re-sign him, they could throw tons of cash at Mike Lowell. Lowell could be the next Johnny Damon, going from Red Sox playoff hero to overpaid, underproducing Yankee. However, given the state of the Yankees and the way they treated their last third baseman, I would be surprised if he makes a "money-grab" deal to play there.
3) Phillies - Lowell would have to (likely) take less money to come to a different team that ISN'T the World Series Champions and has a pitching staff that likely will keep it that way. I honestly can't find a single reason for Lowell to leave Boston for Philadelphia. And until something changes, I won't even consider Lowell a possibility.