Derek Lowe Might Still Be Drunk From 2004
Posted by Mike on November 19, 2008
Former Red Sox pitcher, Derek Lowe has never been considered the brightest of bulbs. His hard partying ways is what led the Sox into not re-signing him after the World Series in 2004. But, Lowe did cash in with the Dodgers getting a 4-year $36 Million dollar contract. Lowe then got caught cheating on his wife, with a woman who covered sports in the Los Angeles area. Yadda, yadda, yadda, Lowe is divorced and wants to cash in. According to Ken Rosenthal, Lowe’s agent Scott Boras wants a get this, Barry Zito like deal for the soon to be 36-year-old pitcher:
Those who snickered when Scott Boras intimated that he wanted a six-year deal for Manny Ramirez might guffaw at this one.
Boras, according to executives with two different teams interested in Derek Lowe, is telling clubs he wants “a Zito-type contract” for the free-agent right-hander.
That’s Zito, as in Barry Zito, as in seven years, $126 million.
Zito signed the deal before the season in which he turned 29. Lowe, who has averaged 208 innings and a 3.79 ERA the past seven seasons, turns 36 on June 1.
Boras could not be reached Tuesday night, but he has called Lowe “the safest bet” of any free-agent pitcher.
Lowe earned 42 saves as a closer in 2000. He has a career 3.33 ERA in the postseason. Perhaps most impressive of all, he has never been on the disabled list.