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Career Summary
Years G IP W L SV ERA WARP
22 681 2671.3 176 157 86 4.03 46.4
Birth Date6-1-1973
Height6' 6"
Weight230 lbs
Age45 years, 4 months, 21 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
1997 BOS 0 8 0 16.0 0 2 0 15 3 13 0 .267 99 8.4 1.7 0.0 7.3 67% .326 .210 1.12 2.45 3.38 92 4.03 83.8 0.3
1997 SEA 0 12 9 53.0 2 4 0 59 20 39 11 .259 101 10.0 3.4 1.9 6.6 47% .296 .282 1.49 5.61 6.96 91 4.13 85.9 0.9
1998 BOS MLB 63 10 123.0 3 9 4 126 42 77 5 .264 101 9.2 3.1 0.4 5.6 65% .303 .239 1.37 3.62 4.02 106 3.47 71.9 2.8
1999 BOS MLB 74 0 109.3 6 3 15 84 25 80 7 .265 97 6.9 2.1 0.6 6.6 64% .241 .203 1.00 3.35 2.63 74 3.11 60.5 2.9
2000 BOS MLB 74 0 91.3 4 4 42 90 22 79 6 .266 92 8.9 2.2 0.6 7.8 70% .311 .224 1.23 3.13 2.56 65 3.01 57.8 2.6
2001 BOS MLB 67 3 91.7 5 10 24 103 29 82 7 .259 96 10.1 2.8 0.7 8.1 73% .342 .257 1.44 3.41 3.53 71 3.28 67.9 2.2
2002 BOS MLB 32 32 219.7 21 8 0 166 48 127 12 .264 98 6.8 2.0 0.5 5.2 75% .235 .199 0.97 3.43 2.58 83 3.09 66.3 6.2
2003 BOS MLB 33 33 203.3 17 7 0 216 72 110 17 .267 105 9.6 3.2 0.8 4.9 68% .294 .251 1.42 4.32 4.47 95 5.10 106.9 1.4
2004 BOS MLB 33 33 182.7 14 12 0 224 71 105 15 .262 110 11.0 3.5 0.7 5.2 63% .327 .268 1.61 4.37 5.42 95 5.17 106.6 1.2
2005 LAN MLB 35 35 222.0 12 15 0 223 55 146 28 .255 96 9.0 2.2 1.1 5.9 64% .279 .256 1.25 4.12 3.61 83 3.00 64.5 6.3
2006 LAN MLB 35 34 218.0 16 8 0 221 55 123 14 .260 97 9.1 2.3 0.6 5.1 68% .289 .234 1.27 3.63 3.63 82 3.66 74.5 5.1
2007 LAN MLB 33 32 199.3 12 14 0 194 59 147 20 .257 100 8.8 2.7 0.9 6.6 66% .288 .241 1.27 3.90 3.88 80 3.41 70.5 5.1
2008 LAN MLB 34 34 211.0 14 11 0 194 45 147 14 .260 93 8.3 1.9 0.6 6.3 61% .280 .226 1.13 3.22 3.24 74 2.86 61.0 6.3
2009 ATL MLB 34 34 194.7 15 10 0 232 63 111 16 .261 96 10.7 2.9 0.7 5.1 57% .327 .274 1.52 4.01 4.67 96 5.13 110.1 0.9
2010 ATL MLB 33 33 193.7 16 12 0 204 61 136 18 .261 94 9.5 2.8 0.8 6.3 59% .307 .264 1.37 3.91 4.00 92 4.28 96.6 2.3
2011 ATL MLB 34 34 187.0 9 17 0 212 70 137 14 .258 96 10.2 3.4 0.7 6.6 60% .327 .277 1.51 3.66 5.05 92 4.19 97.3 2.0
2012 CLE 0 21 21 119.0 8 10 0 156 45 41 8 .260 101 11.8 3.4 0.6 3.1 60% .333 .292 1.69 4.43 5.52 115 6.40 146.7 -1.8
2012 NYA 0 17 0 23.7 1 1 1 24 6 14 2 .255 106 9.1 2.3 0.8 5.3 55% .289 .227 1.27 3.72 3.04 109 5.95 136.5 -0.2
2013 TEX MLB 9 0 13.0 1 0 0 16 3 8 3 .256 103 11.1 2.1 2.1 5.5 59% .317 .305 1.46 5.99 9.00 108 5.20 124.5 -0.1
1997 TOT MLB 20 9 69.0 2 6 0 74 23 52 11 .261 100 9.7 3.0 1.4 6.8 51% .303 .267 1.41 4.88 6.13 91 4.11 85.4 1.2
2012 TOT MLB 38 21 142.7 9 11 1 180 51 55 10 .259 101 11.4 3.2 0.6 3.5 60% .326 .282 1.62 4.31 5.11 114 6.33 145.0 -2.0
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Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
1992 BLN A- 14 13 85.7 7 3 0 69 22 66 2 .000 7.2 2.3 0.2 6.9 0% .000 .000 1.06 2.96 2.42 0 0.00 0.0
1993 RIV A+ 27 26 154.0 12 9 0 189 60 80 9 .000 11.0 3.5 0.5 4.7 0% .000 .000 1.62 4.25 5.26 0 0.00 0.0
1994 JAX AA 26 26 151.3 7 10 0 177 50 75 7 .000 10.5 3.0 0.4 4.5 0% .000 .000 1.50 3.70 4.94 0 0.00 0.0
1995 PCY AA 10 10 53.3 1 6 0 70 22 30 8 .000 11.8 3.7 1.4 5.1 0% .000 .000 1.73 5.32 6.08 0 0.00 0.0
1996 PCY AA 10 10 65.0 5 3 0 56 17 33 7 .000 7.8 2.4 1.0 4.6 0% .000 .000 1.12 4.49 3.05 0 0.00 0.0
1996 TAC AAA 17 16 105.0 6 9 0 118 37 54 7 .000 10.1 3.2 0.6 4.6 0% .000 .000 1.48 4.55 4.54 0 0.00 0.0
1997 BOS MLB 8 0 16.0 0 2 0 15 3 13 0 .267 99 8.4 1.7 0.0 7.3 67% .326 .210 1.12 2.45 3.38 92 4.03 83.8
1997 SEA MLB 12 9 53.0 2 4 0 59 20 39 11 .259 101 10.0 3.4 1.9 6.6 47% .296 .282 1.49 5.61 6.96 91 4.13 85.9
1997 PAW AAA 6 5 30.3 4 0 0 23 11 21 3 .000 6.8 3.3 0.9 6.2 0% .235 .000 1.12 4.31 2.38 0 0.00 0.0
1997 TAC AAA 10 9 57.3 3 4 0 53 20 49 3 .000 8.3 3.1 0.5 7.7 0% .298 .000 1.27 3.99 3.46 0 0.00 0.0
1998 BOS MLB 63 10 123.0 3 9 4 126 42 77 5 .264 101 9.2 3.1 0.4 5.6 65% .303 .239 1.37 3.62 4.02 106 3.47 71.9
1999 BOS MLB 74 0 109.3 6 3 15 84 25 80 7 .265 97 6.9 2.1 0.6 6.6 64% .241 .203 1.00 3.35 2.63 74 3.11 60.5
2000 BOS MLB 74 0 91.3 4 4 42 90 22 79 6 .266 92 8.9 2.2 0.6 7.8 70% .311 .224 1.23 3.13 2.56 65 3.01 57.8
2001 BOS MLB 67 3 91.7 5 10 24 103 29 82 7 .259 96 10.1 2.8 0.7 8.1 73% .342 .257 1.44 3.41 3.53 71 3.28 67.9
2002 BOS MLB 32 32 219.7 21 8 0 166 48 127 12 .264 98 6.8 2.0 0.5 5.2 75% .235 .199 0.97 3.43 2.58 83 3.09 66.3
2003 BOS MLB 33 33 203.3 17 7 0 216 72 110 17 .267 105 9.6 3.2 0.8 4.9 68% .294 .251 1.42 4.32 4.47 95 5.10 106.9
2004 BOS MLB 33 33 182.7 14 12 0 224 71 105 15 .262 110 11.0 3.5 0.7 5.2 63% .327 .268 1.61 4.37 5.42 95 5.17 106.6
2005 LAN MLB 35 35 222.0 12 15 0 223 55 146 28 .255 96 9.0 2.2 1.1 5.9 64% .279 .256 1.25 4.12 3.61 83 3.00 64.5
2006 LAN MLB 35 34 218.0 16 8 0 221 55 123 14 .260 97 9.1 2.3 0.6 5.1 68% .289 .234 1.27 3.63 3.63 82 3.66 74.5
2007 LAN MLB 33 32 199.3 12 14 0 194 59 147 20 .257 100 8.8 2.7 0.9 6.6 66% .288 .241 1.27 3.90 3.88 80 3.41 70.5
2008 LAN MLB 34 34 211.0 14 11 0 194 45 147 14 .260 93 8.3 1.9 0.6 6.3 61% .280 .226 1.13 3.22 3.24 74 2.86 61.0
2009 ATL MLB 34 34 194.7 15 10 0 232 63 111 16 .261 96 10.7 2.9 0.7 5.1 57% .327 .274 1.52 4.01 4.67 96 5.13 110.1
2010 ATL MLB 33 33 193.7 16 12 0 204 61 136 18 .261 94 9.5 2.8 0.8 6.3 59% .307 .264 1.37 3.91 4.00 92 4.28 96.6
2011 ATL MLB 34 34 187.0 9 17 0 212 70 137 14 .258 96 10.2 3.4 0.7 6.6 60% .327 .277 1.51 3.66 5.05 92 4.19 97.3
2012 CLE MLB 21 21 119.0 8 10 0 156 45 41 8 .260 101 11.8 3.4 0.6 3.1 60% .333 .292 1.69 4.43 5.52 115 6.40 146.7
2012 NYA MLB 17 0 23.7 1 1 1 24 6 14 2 .255 106 9.1 2.3 0.8 5.3 55% .289 .227 1.27 3.72 3.04 109 5.95 136.5
2013 TEX MLB 9 0 13.0 1 0 0 16 3 8 3 .256 103 11.1 2.1 2.1 5.5 59% .317 .305 1.46 5.99 9.00 108 5.20 124.5

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 2958 0.4402 0.4199 0.7802 0.5837 0.2911 0.8776 0.6266 0.2198
2009 3184 0.4274 0.4187 0.8470 0.6076 0.2776 0.9093 0.7451 0.1530
2010 3107 0.3885 0.4287 0.7898 0.6156 0.3100 0.8856 0.6689 0.2102
2011 3205 0.3473 0.4062 0.7842 0.5651 0.3217 0.9046 0.6716 0.2158
2012 2320 0.4504 0.4328 0.8436 0.6019 0.2941 0.9253 0.7067 0.1564
2013 199 0.4523 0.4422 0.8409 0.6333 0.2844 0.9123 0.7097 0.1591
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Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2012-03-29 2012-03-29 Camp 0 0 Right Trunk Soreness Side - -
2011-05-06 2011-05-06 DTD 0 0 Foot Blister -
2010-08-30 2010-09-08 DTD 9 9 Right Elbow Bone Chips -
2010-03-10 2010-03-10 Camp 0 0 Right Blister Big Toe -
2009-09-22 2009-09-22 DTD 0 0 Right Thumb Laceration Thumb -
2009-09-16 2009-09-16 DTD 0 0 Right Fingers Blister Ring Finger -
2009-08-18 2009-08-18 DTD 0 0 Left Hand Contusion Batted Ball -
2008-09-10 2008-09-10 DTD 0 0 Right Knee Contusion Batted Ball -
2008-04-23 2008-04-23 DTD 0 0 Right Elbow Tightness -
2007-09-07 2007-09-15 DTD 8 7 Right Hand Contusion -
2007-08-09 2007-08-11 DTD 2 2 Left Hip Inflammation -
2007-07-26 2007-08-04 DTD 9 7 Left Hip Inflammation -
2006-08-27 2006-08-29 DTD 2 2 Left Hand Contusion Batted Ball -
2006-04-06 2006-04-06 DTD 0 0 General Medical Psychosocial Attention Deficit Disorder -
2005-07-25 2005-07-25 DTD 0 0 Right Thumb Blister Thumb -
2005-04-10 2005-04-10 DTD 0 0 Right Forearm Contusion Batted Ball -
2004-08-11 2004-08-11 DTD 0 0 Right Thumb Blister Thumb -
2004-07-20 2004-07-20 DTD 0 0 Right Thumb Blister Thumb -
2004-05-31 2004-05-31 DTD 0 0 Right Thumb Blister Thumb -
2003-08-19 2003-08-19 DTD 0 0 Right Thumb Blister Thumb -
2003-06-08 2003-06-08 DTD 0 0 Right Thumb Blister Thumb -
2003-03-16 2003-03-16 Camp 0 0 Hip Contusion Buttocks From Batted Ball -
2003-02-16 2003-02-16 Off 0 0 Face Surgery Removal of Cancerous Tissue 2003-02-18

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2013 TEX $1,250,000
2012 CLE $5,000,000
2012 ATL $10,000,000
2011 ATL $15,000,000
2010 ATL $15,000,000
2009 ATL $15,000,000
2008 LAN $10,000,000
2007 LAN $9,500,000
2006 LAN $9,000,000
2005 LAN $7,500,000
2004 BOS $5,000,000
2003 BOS $3,500,000
2002 BOS $3,000,000
2001 BOS $2,125,000
2000 BOS $625,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
14 yrPrevious$111,500,000
14 yrTotal$111,500,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
15 y 154 dScott Boras1 year/$1.25M (2013)

Details
  • 1 year/$1.25M (2013). Signed by Texas as a free agent 3/5/13 (minor-league contract). Salary of $1.25M in majors. May earn additional $1.7M in performance bonuses. Contract purchased by Texas 3/13. DFA by Texas 5/20/13.
  • 4 years/$60M (2009-12). Signed by Atlanta as a free agent 1/15/09. 09-12: $15M/year. Contract does not include no-trade protection. Acquired by Cleveland in trade from Atlanta 10/31/11, with Indians paying $5M of Lowe's 2012 salary. DFA by Cleveland 8/2/12. Released 8/10/12. Signed by NY Yankees as a free agent 8/13/12.
  • 4 years/$36M (2005-08). Signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 1/05. 05:$7.5M, 06:$9M, 07:$9.5M, 08:$10M.
  • 4 years/$12M (2000-03), plus 2004 club option. $0.5M signing bonus. 00:$0.5M, 01:$2M, 02:$3M, 03:$3.5M, 04:$5M club option, $0.5M buyout. Award bonuses. Boston exercised 2004 option 11/03.
  • 1 year/$0.245M (1999).
  • Acquired by Boston in trade from Seattle 7/31/97.
  • Drafted by Seattle 1991 (8-215) (Edsel Ford HS, Dearborn, Mich.).

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2012-08-14 14:00:00 (link to chat)best shot to be a closer by this time next year. Doolittle, Villareal, Stroman?
(Bernie Fine from Syracuse NY)
I know this isn't a good answer but I have no idea. They all could be closers or none could. Then they could all reverse themselves. Look at the guys who were supposed to be closers this year. even the great Mariano Rivera got hurt and the Yankees have used a number of different closers this season. Heck, even Derek Lowe got a save for the Yankees last night. Predicting closers is pretty tough. (Matthew Kory)
2012-06-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Derek Lowe has given up a boatload of infield ground ball singles today. Are the wheels falling off?
(Mr. Bungle from Your Dreams)
Because of the infield singles? Nah. I don't think he's likely to keep this up, however. Last winter, I made the joke that Lowe might suffer the indignation of having a higher ERA than SO/9. Little did I know that he'd actually do it, and (probably) make the All-Star team in the process. (R.J. Anderson)
2011-10-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)First trade of the offseason: Derek Lowe to the Indians for a minor league pitcher (Braves cover $10 million of Lowe's contract).
(Cult of Basebaal from Los Angeles Anaheim of Pasadena)
We're writing that up for Transaction Analysis right now. Seems to me that the Braves get a chance to move one of a few promising arms into the rotation, that $10 million is still less than $15 million, and maybe the fellah they picked up turns into a back-o'-bullpen arm. Lowe is about to be 39 and has been fairly mediocre the last few years. FIP suggests the Braves defense didn't do him any favors, but I'm not sure the Indians have a lot more to offer. I like the move for the Braves. (Steven Goldman)
2010-10-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)In 2004, Derek Lowe went into Yankee Stadium, in Game 7, and allowed one hit and no runs in six innings -- on two day's rest. Why is this rarely lauded as one of the greatest clutch-pitching performances in baseball history?
(Ice Water from Cox's Rotation)
I think because the indelible moment of that game is Johnny Damon's grand slam, that seminal moment when it became the clear that the impossible comeback was going to become reality. (John Perrotto)
2010-04-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Somewhat off of the Lester question, is Derek Lowe finished?
(Mark Smith from Lexington, KY)
I haven't seen him pitch this year, not even on TV, so I don't know how he looks beyond the numbers. I do know that it's still April and that he's gone through some bumpy stretches over the course of his career, only to come back around, so that may be the case here. Kind of a lame answer, but that's all I can offer. (David Laurila)
2010-03-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Derek Lowe claims to have completely revamped his delivery this winter, on his own. Have you seen it, and can this possibly end well?
(dave from chicago)
I have not but very curious. This is one of those interesting experiments where MLB.tv and PitchFX are going to be awesome. (Will Carroll)
2010-02-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)How would you rate in order the following pitchers by overall (short and long term) value? Johan Santana, Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, Randy Wells, Derek Lowe and Josh Johnson.
(caseyj15 from Medford, OR)
Short term: Santana, Johnson, Beckett, Lester, Lowe, Wells

Long term: Santana, Johnson, Lester, Beckett, Wells, Lowe (Shawn Hoffman)
2009-08-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)As a Met fan, I would have gladly overpaid Derek Lowe by $2m a year to avoid overpaying Perez by $10M a year. You could just watch Boras box the Mets in on Perez during the offseason, and it was painful. He knew the Mets would give Perez a deal because they "had" to at that point.
(dantroy from davis)
The rest of the Mets front office should have staged an elaborate ruse to trick Minaya into thinking he signed Perez when he had not, just to have him quit the negotiations. Just have one of your other employees walk into the office with a fake mustasche (Boras doesn't have one, but this will distract Minaya long enough for the deed to be done) and claim to be Scott Boras with an offer Minaya can't refuse.

That or call Minaya's house in the middle of the night claiming to be Boras, and then say that Oliver Perez now hates you and won't sign for anything less than 30% of team ownership, 50% of net beer sales and a pony. The downside is that there's a small chance Minaya would still go for it. (Marc Normandin)
2009-04-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)I've heard rumblings that Kevin Millwood has developed a new pitch or that he has just greatly improved one. Are the first two starts of the season just Millwood being fresh and/or lucky, or is this a sign of things to come? Is this the potential that he was supposed to reach with the Braves? Also, what about Kyle Lohse? Is this an example of batters not catching up to pitchers yet too?
(Clay from Sarasota, FL)
Haven't heard anything about a new pitch. For his sake I hope it's a sinker to rival Derek Lowe's, because he needs all the help he can get pitching in that ballpark. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-04-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Joe, I know you were right with me when I started screaming at the TV circa Bobby Cox's decision to prematurely remove Derek Lowe from the game in the 8th inning with a low pitch count and a string of righties coming up. That decision almost cost him the game. Thankfully for this Braves fan, Mssrs Howard and Ibanez bailed him out with their free-swinging ways.
(Connor from Chicago, IL)
Yeah, I was a little surprised by that. It's not like Lowe appeared to be tiring or had to work hard in the eighth. This is one of those situations where any criticism gets met with, "Well, we were there and you weren't," but I don't really understand the decision, and I don't understand starting the inning with Gonzalez against three righties with a four-run lead. It's one thing to manage workloads; it's another to appear to be actively avoiding letting starters finish games.

We've gone too far in the direction of managing workloads. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-04-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Why did the Mets sign Perez instead of Lowe?
(James from BK)
Upside, youth, the devil you know. Shorter contract, cheaper.

Derek Lowe was the best FA signing of the winter. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-04-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)How concerned should the Braves be that Chipper Jones is on pace to strike out 324 times?
(Adrian Veidt from Karnak)
It's balanced by Derek Lowe being on pace to throw 256 innings with a 0.00 ERA. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-04-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)If this Derek Lowe signing turns out to be a good one does that make him the best free agent ever from a good signing perspective?
(Josh Sklar from Sunny Portland Oregon)
No. That's either Bonds '92 or Maddux '92. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-12-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Will- Once again, Congrats. Why would the Mets go after Ollie Perez over Derek Lowe if the annual money is the same? OP has been, at best, inconsistent and Lowe is the model of consistent. It has been reported that it would take $12-$15mil annually to get either. Still, I understand Omar "stole" OP, but if you hit the inside straight on a 2-3 and crack someone's aces it doesn't mean you should play a 2-3 in every instance. Your thoughts?
(JKiersky from Memphis)
Hey Jon - owe you an email.

Perez still has upside and has a stuff advantage over Lowe, but that's only a possibility. Lowe is consistent and I didn't see any sign of decline with him. Last year's PECOTA says you could give him a five year contract and reasonably see the same performance until Lowe is 40. Unless you know something about Perez and felt he was going to take it up a notch, I'd take Lowe. Unless my infield defense sucked. (Will Carroll)
2008-12-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)With CC reportedly getting 22.8 M / 7 Does it make Derek Lowe a 15 M / 4? Burnett 16 M / 5? Sheets 16 M / 2? If so is there a bargain among the rest of the free agent starter class? Hows about one of these teams converting a closer ala Wood into a starter?
(jzzskins from Brooklyn, NY)
I think Lowe is something of a bargain, relative to Sabathia, if that's his number. After that, it will be hard to find bargains. Not sure about relievers making the move...Heilman's often talked about, I guess. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-12-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)Why is Derek Lowe seen as a good FA pickup? Yeah, he had some good years - in Chavez Ravine...in the National League...in a lousy division...with some reasonable defense behind him. This guy got torched in his last AL season. Your thoughts?
(Phil from NJ)
That was five years ago, and it seems clear that he's a better version of what he was as a Red Sock. Throw in the durability, and he's safer than most of the guys being signed. He doesn't have the same upside, of course, but he's also 3/100 cheaper than Sabathia. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-12-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)With Wang slotted in the rotation and Lowe possible on the way, is is time the Yankees seriously considered moving Jeter to first and acquiring a SS like Wilson or Furcal?
(Jordan from Salem)
If Derek Jeter didn't move off of shortstop when the reigning Gold Glove winner and one of the ten best players ever arrived in town, he won't do it because Derek Lowe is signed. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-10-24 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you see the Jays having any chance at signing Derek Lowe? They seem like a really good fit with their strong infield defense. Personally, I think they'd be much better signing him then they would be if they got AJ Burnett back given their respective histories. Am I making sense are is my dislike of AJ getting in the way?
(blaseta from Calgary)
Lowe has been among the most durable pitchers in the majors; he's second to Maddux in games started over the last four years while Burnett is... not. He's a horse and there aren't too many teams who COULDN'T use a pitcher like that. Which means the Jays would have to outbid the Dodgers, Yankees, Mets and anyone else who throws their hat in the ring.

As for Burnett, he's got a MUCH higher upside, but with the high reward comes a very inflated risk, not to mention his reputation as a jackass, which as you acknowledge can distort the perception of his value. If he opts out, I think the Jays are better off looking in another direction rather than paying him, though I'm sure somebody will. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-10-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Steven. Which free agents should the Yankees target this off-season, if any?
(Joe from Washington, DC)
Teixeira has to be job #1. He's the closest thing to a no-brainer there is out there in terms of maintaining/improving the offense and shoring up a problematic defense. After that, I'd love to see a right fielder who can hit with Bobby Abreu but isn't afraid that the wall is going to bite him, but that doesn't seem to be in the cards just now... I don't share their enthusiasm for signing every free agent pitcher on the market. Sabathia's size and workload are kind of scary, Burnett is somewhat overrated and tends to break down. Sheets is great but is an injury concern. They don't have the defense to support Derek Lowe. I guess of those four CC is the best bet. (Steven Goldman)
2008-10-09 14:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Jay. In picking the Dodgers in six, which of these five factors do you believe weighs most heavily in LA's favor: Pitching, Offense, Fielding, Matchups or Momentum?
(BrownDog from Cape Cod, MA)
Pitching. The more I look at the matchups, the more I like the fact that the Dodgers have a groundball-heavy staff that doesn't give up a lot of homers, the fact that in Kuo they've got a potentially dominant late-inning lefty in the bullpen along with another pretty good one in Beimel, and the way their rotation aligns with regards to the possiblity that Derek Lowe pitches 1-4-7. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-10-09 14:00:00 (link to chat)Does this mean Ned Colletti knows what he's doing? If I'm a Dodgers fan, do I care? Even if we win the World Series by mistake... we still win the World Series!!!
(Wendy from Madrid)
Blind chickens, kernals of corn, etc. If Colletti knows what he's doing, how come he'll be left with about $25 million/year in bad outfielders to contend with if he wants to keep the current Manny-Kemp-Ethier lineup out there every day?

That the Dodgers are where they are has more to do with their player development resources (the kids in their lineup and the ones traded to acquire Ramirez, Blake, et al) than anything else. Throw in some smart decisions during the Paul DePodesta regime (the Derek Lowe contract, the decision to convert Broxton to a closer) and it's clear that this isn't just Colletti's team to take credit for.

The bottom line, however, is that the Dodgers haven't been in this position in 20 years. However it came about and whatever happens from here on out, enjoy it for all that it's worth. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-09-23 13:30:00 (link to chat)Derek Lowe is having an incredible season and he's never even sniffed the DL. What kind of contract does he garner in the off-season?
(Mike from LA)
There's something of a perception that he should stay in the NL. I could see him as the safest pick in the market, someone who might see his ERA climb into the mid-4.00s over the life of a deal, but who will keep cranking out 200 innings a year through it. The better your middle infield, the more valuable Lowe is to your team. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-07-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)I saw a rumor that had Robinson Cano heading to LA for Derek Lowe and Matt Kemp. This reeks of a set up to acquire Washburn and Vidro from Seattle. Tell me that the Yanks don't plan on making Vidro their 2B?
(Scott from NJ)
I'd consider that a genuine bit of Apple-flavored nonsense (Big or equine, not Mac), not simply because the Dodgers can't really afford to part with any starting pitching, but because they also have some guy named Kent. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-06-27 14:00:00 (link to chat)Wouldn't a contender be wise to get 3 months of Derek Lowe and a compensatory draft pick for one top prospect and one mid-to-top prospect? Will Lowe cost more than that?
(The King from Grinnell, IA)
Sure, it might make sense, but let's face it, that would mean the bitter-end win-now crowd would have to submit to the will of the "let's be great" development crowd in the Dodgers' front office, and that means letting initiative move up instead of down on management's decision tree. I don't see it happening. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-06-23 12:00:00 (link to chat)What would it take for the Rays to acquire Derek Lowe? I personally would love a groundball pitcher like Lowe replacing Jackson in the rotation. We seem to be on very decent terms with Colletti.
(jlarsen from DRays Bay)
Well, I don't think the Dodgers are ready to be sellers at this point as they aren't that far off the lead in the West. (John Perrotto)
2008-05-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)In a perfect storm scenario, if the Rays were to acquire Derek Lowe in a midseason trade...would that throw the Rays into serious for the playoffs?
(jlarsen from DRays Bay)
With or without Lowe, they appear to be there already. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-01-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey KG, what particular stats do you focus on when considering a pitching prospect? Does some stat that takes into account ability to induce ground balls come into play? And, finally, what pitchers have a chance to develop into the next Derek Lowe / Jake Westbrook? Thanks.
(Mario66 from Toronto)
IP, H, K are the first three I like out, but everything is taken into account. Next Derek Lowe just might be Justin Masterson. (Kevin Goldstein)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2008-10-13 17:00:00NLCS Game FourBTW, Kershaw's body type really worries me. I hope he's one of those guys with a good work ethic because he looks like he could end up built like Derek Lowe 2006. (Will Carroll)
2008-10-13 17:00:00NLCS Game Four"Smokey (Knoxville): Which is more embarrassing - Jack Buck saying that Derek Lowe sweats more than any pitcher in baseball or the fact that BJ stands for "Bossman Junior"?"

It'd be more embarrassing if it didn't.
(Joe Sheehan)
2008-10-13 17:00:00NLCS Game FourHere's how much I love baseball -- I will watch Derek Lowe and Joe Blanton rather than Bad Future Claire tonight. (Will Carroll)
 

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