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Ken Rosenthal

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Mike Lowell a Yankee?

The possibility was discussed Friday, the eve of the non-waiver trade deadline, according to major-league sources.

The Red Sox were not going to trade Lowell directly to the Yankees, sources said. The deal would have involved the Rangers, who would have acquired Lowell and sent him to the Yankees with the Red Sox’s knowledge.

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Lowell, 36, remains in limbo with the Red Sox, who have not activated him from the disabled list even though he is 11-for-22 with four homers on his rehabilitation assignment at Triple A.

The Yankees likely would have used Lowell as a right-handed DH and backup for Alex Rodriguez at third base and Mark Teixeira at first. Their acquisition of Lance Berkman, who will serve mostly as a DH, did not deter them from trying to acquire Lowell, a source said.

Lowell has been on the disabled list since June 24 with a strained right hip. Manager Terry Francona told reporters that the Red Sox considered activating him Saturday, but chose to hold off instead.

“We were going to activate him, and then there was some conversation that’s probably up the food chain from me a little bit that probably needs to continue to happen,” Francona said.

Lowell still can be traded before the Aug. 31 deadline for setting postseason rosters. He likely would clear waivers, and the Phillies, Rays and Twins are among the teams that could show interest.

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