"Hi Jon. It's me, Theo Epstein. Mike Lowell is looking great this spring. His thumb and hip are both nearly back to 100 percent and he should be ready for Opening Day. If you are still interested in a trade, the Red Sox are still interested in Max Ramirez. We would also consider Brandon Boggs, Mitch Moreland or Engel Beltre as a fair return."
"Thanks for the call, Theo. With Vlad now on the roster, there's not a lot for Mike to do here. How much of Lowell's salary are you willing to pay?"
"We really want to do right by Mike, so we are looking for a good home. Texas seems to be a really good fit. I know that you're still a bit strapped for cash, so we can pay for all but $2 million of Mike's salary. But we need to show a nice return in the trade. No more Eric Gagne crap, OK?"
"All right, Theo, let me talk things over with my team. I'll get back to you by the end of the day.
Lowell provides a veteran for the clubhouse, a potential platoon partner and safety net for Chris Davis, and a backup for Michael Young. He's probably not critical to the Rangers' 2010 success, but he would be a nice guy to have around. You have four names to consider. Whom would you not part with and whom would you prefer moving in a deal for the Red Sox veteran?
[Age = current age; level = most likely levels where the player will compete in 2010; AVG = career minor league batting average; OBP = career minor league on base percentage; SLG = career minor league slugging percentage; '09 OPS = Player OPS for all games played in 2009.]