However, now it looks as though no deal is very possible to get done because, according to ESPN, scouts are saying that Lowell isn't "moving very well" so far in spring training.
The thumb may be okay, but apparently last year's hip problems are limiting his range. And I guess the front office feels that the last thing they need is a statue playing in the field. He could become more mobile as he gets more work, but I wouldn't count on him increasing his mobility enough to satisfy the baseball people.
Mikey will probably be with the Red Sox for most of the season.