11/07/07 9:18 PM ET
Lowell, Timlin file for free agency
World Series MVP, club trying to hammer out new contract
By Mike Petraglia / Special to MLB.com
Lowell, reliever Mike Timlin and shortstop Royce Clayton were the latest Boston players to file, joining Eric Hinske, Doug Mirabelli, Bobby Kielty, Eric Gagne and Matt Clement. Curt Schilling, who also filed, inked a one-year contract with the Red Sox on Tuesday.
Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said during a conference call Tuesday that he and the team are in negotiations with Seth and Sam Levinson, Lowell's representatives, to get a deal done.
"We're working at it, hopefully moving the ball forward a little bit each day," Epstein said during a conference call to announce Schilling's one-year contract. "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.'"
After negotiations lasted into Tuesday night, Epstein is meeting with Lowell's agents again at the General Manager's Meetings at the Hyatt Grand Cypress in Orlando, Fla. No other team can negotiate with the 33-year-old until next Tuesday.
The Boston Herald reports that the main sticking point is the length of the deal, with the Red Sox not likely to commit to beyond three years, while Lowell is reportedly seeking a four-year package. Lowell has expressed repeatedly his desire to work out a deal with Boston.
Before capturing the sentiment of teammates and all of New England with his World Series performance, Lowell drove in 120 runs, the most by a Red Sox third baseman, while batting .324, both career highs.
Timlin, who will be 42 on Opening Day, was 2-1 with a 3.42 ERA in 50 appearances for Boston this season, his fewest since 1995 with the Blue Jays. He suffered through a strained left oblique and right shoulder tendinitis this season.
Mike Petraglia is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.