Lowell: Red Sox won't release me

Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com reports that third baseman Mike Lowell has abandoned any expectation that the Red Sox will release him, allowing him the chance to play for the Rangers or anywhere else.

“I don’t think they’re going to release me,’’ said Lowell, who returned here Saturday after spending the past two weeks at home in Miami with the club’s permission.

“I think that’s been addressed. I’ve got no say. What do you want me to do?’’

With Lowell playing little here and not producing when he has -- he’s batting .213 with 2 home runs and 12 RBIs in 31 games overall, and is 4-for-his-past-45 (.103) -- why wouldn’t the Sox release him? Are they concerned that he would catch on with a team like the Rangers, who have a need for a right-handed hitting first baseman, and do something to beat the Sox in the playoffs?

"I don’t know if it’s specifically because I might beat them, I just don’t think they want me to go to another team while they pay my salary,’’ Lowell told ESPN Boston. “At this point, they’re not going to get anything [in a trade]. You’re going to get a subpar prospect at best. There’s too much time left in the season, they’re not going to get money.

The Rangers reached a deal with Boston in the offseason to acquire the veteran infielder for Max Ramirez, but if fell apart after concerns about Lowell's thumb surfaced.