Lowell honored at Disney parade
World Series MVP enjoys day at Magic Kingdom in Florida
BOSTON -- Free-agent third baseman Mike Lowell was able to take a little break from the stress of contract negotiations by serving as the honorary grand marshal in Friday's Disney Dreams Come True parade at the Magic Kingdom in Florida.
Lowell was the World Series Most Valuable Player as the Red Sox swept the Rockies in four games.
All of Red Sox Nation has been hoping the Red Sox can retain Lowell, who was a force in the regular season and the postseason in 2007.
The Red Sox have made at least one three-year offer to Lowell, if not more. Lowell reportedly has been seeking a four-year deal on the open market.
The Yankees are said to have interest in Lowell as a first baseman, but it's unclear if the former Gold Glove-winning third baseman would have interest in moving across the diamond.
Though the Red Sox -- as is always their policy in contract talks -- have stayed quiet on the status of the negotiations with Lowell, they remain hopeful they can bring the right-handed hitter back.
"I'm not going to comment on it," said Red Sox president/CEO Larry Lucchino. "I think that any public comment can only be detrimental to a process that has been going along respectfully and positively. I'm not going to say anything, except to say we want him back. We very much want Mike Lowell to know, and want the fans to know, that we're endeavoring to sign him because we want him back. We'd like to see him at third base on Opening Day next year receiving his World Series ring."
Lowell spent the day at Disney with his wife and two kids, and according to a press release provided by Disney, he visited attractions such as Teacups and Dumbo.
The 33-year-old Lowell hit .400 (6-for-15) with a home run and four RBIs during the World Series. During the regular season, he hit .324 with 21 homers and 120 RBIs.
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.