Epstein working on new contract for World Series MVP

Manager Terry Francona wants Mike Lowell to remain with Boston. So does re-signed pitcher Curt Schilling, who's used his personal blog to stump for the World Series MVP's return.

The one ally Lowell needs in his corner is Theo Epstein. No worries there. Epstein is busy at the general managers' meetings in Orlando, Fla., trying to make it happen.

During a conference call Tuesday to announce Schilling's new one-year deal, Epstein said he and the free agent's representatives are discussing parameters of a new contract for Lowell, who drove in 120 RBIs this season, a franchise record for a third baseman.

"We're working at it, hopefully moving the ball forward a little bit each day," Epstein said, according to MLB.com. "I don't usually like to talk about contract negotiations in any type of detail unless the player wants to or does so first. In this case, I think we have a better chance of getting a deal done in relative secrecy or confidentiality. I just answer it in general terms and say we're working at it and making progress."

The Red Sox had an information-gathering meeting scheduled with agent Scott Boras for Wednesday night at the Hyatt Grand Cypress, but people close to the situation told ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick the team doesn't expect to be in the mix for Boras' premier free agent, Alex Rodriguez.

Lowell followed a superlative regular season -- career highs in batting average (.324) and RBIs to go with 21 home runs in 154 games -- with an outstanding October. In Boston's four-game sweep of Colorado, the 33-year-old Lowell hit .400 (6-for-15) with four RBIs, three walks and a team-high six runs.

He homered, doubled and scored twice in the Game 4 clincher at Denver's Coors Field.

Boston first baseman
Kevin Youkilis, who won his first Gold Glove on Tuesday, would love to see Lowell at the corner opposite him in 2008.

"To have a guy like Mike Lowell across the diamond is pretty easy, most of the time," Youkilis told MLB.com. "Being a Gold Glover himself, he definitely makes my job easier at first base. We hope Mike signs back with us and I get to see him across the diamond, throw that ball again."