Lowell to meet with Rangers on Saturday

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Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports that Mike Lowell will fly to Texas on Saturday to meet with the Rangers’ front office and take a physical.

The Rangers have a preliminary
agreement to trade catcher Max Ramirez to the Red Sox in exchange for
Lowell and cash considerations, however the trade has been on hold for
more than a week as the club evaluates the 35-year-old’s
surgically-repaired right hip and right thumb. Lowell met with a hand
specialist in Arizona earlier this week.

Stark writes that Lowell would be
the club’s regular third baseman, but with Michael Young entrenched at
the position, he’ll more likely be asked to play some first base for
the first time in his major league career.

Michael Conforto unlikely to be on the Mets’ Opening Day roster

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Mets GM Sandy Alderson told reporters today that it was “unlikely” that Michael Conforto will make the opening roster.

Not shocking given the shoulder surgery he had back in September, but given that he seems to be recovering more quickly than first anticipated, it was worth Alderson’s time to make the announcement. Indeed, back in December it was not expected that he’d see much if any game action at all during spring training, but here he is, playing DH today in the Mets game against the Cardinals.

Conforto missed the last six weeks of the 2017 season with a left shoulder injury and underwent surgery in early September to repair a tear of the posterior capsule in his shoulder. He finished the season batting .279/.384/.555 with 27 home runs and 68 RBI in 440 plate appearances. By the looks of things, he should be back some time in April.