The Lowell for Ramirez deal could fall through

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First it was Mike Lowell’s thumb, and now Max Ramirez’s wrists are getting closer scrutiny reports Rob Bradford of WEEI.  That and “at least one other issue unrelated to either player’s physical condition,” are holding up the deal.  If I had to guess I’d say that the “other issue” is the Commissioner’s office, which usually has to sign off on any deals where a lot of cash is changing hands like we have here.  Whatever the case, Pete Abraham quotes the Red Sox’ assistant GM Ben Cherington as saying “It would not be a complete surprise if it didn’t happen,” meaning the whole damn deal.

Wow.  How awkward would it be for the Lowell and the Red Sox if the thing fell through?  “Hey Mike, we’re happy to have you back!  What? Oh, that thing about us paying nearly $10 million to make you go away?  Hey, let’s let bygones be bygones!”

UPDATEGammons tweets that Lowell may need surgery. If that’s the case, this deal goes from mostly dead to dead.

Daniel Murphy had microfracture surgery on his right knee

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The Nationals announced today that second baseman Daniel Murphy had surgery on his right knee. The surgery: a debridement and microfracture procedure, which is pretty major.

The team’s comment about Murphy’s prognosis makes it sound major too: “rehab will begin immediately and will progress throughout the offseason.” No timetable. Just that it “will progress.” Well, I’d hope so. Let’s see if he’s ready for spring training.

Murphy hit .322/.384/.543, hit 23 homers and knocked in 93 RBI. Assuming he’s ready for the 2018 season, he’ll ply his trade for a new manager.