Rangers reportedly still talking to Red Sox about Mike Lowell

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Reports have varied this week regarding Texas’ interest in working out a new deal for Mike Lowell, but Gordon Edes’ latest at ESPNBoston.com says the Rangers “have accelerated” talks with the Red Sox and “a trade remained a possibility.”
Back in December the two sides had a deal in place that would have sent Lowell and $9 million to Texas for Max Ramirez, but thumb surgery nixed the swap and Lowell is just now healthy after a knee injury further delay his recovery. In fact, he smacked a pair of doubles today as the Red Sox showcased him for interested teams.
Since the initial trade fell through the Rangers signed Vladimir Guerrero and made a few other moves, so their interest in Lowell may not be as high as it was mid-winter, but manager Ron Washington has said recently that he’s definitely still looking for a veteran right-handed bench bat who can play the corner infield spots and Lowell would seemingly be a perfect fit if healthy.

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”