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Indians release Derek Lowe

Aug 10, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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Cleveland’s veteran housecleaning continues, as the Indians have released Derek Lowe one day after releasing Johnny Damon.

Lowe was designated for assignment last week after posting a 5.52 ERA and more walks (45) than strikeouts (41) in 119 innings and, not surprisingly, no teams wanted anything to do with his contract on waivers.

He’s now free to sign with any team for the minimum salary–or maybe just a minor-league deal–and Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that Lowe is willing to start or relieve despite not working out of the bullpen since 2001 with the Red Sox.

  1. muir6 - Aug 10, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    Come on sox do it sighn him so we can watch him warm up with yanks on base and Cano waited to deposit one into Second deck

  2. paint771 - Aug 10, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    Far out prediction: the Toronto Blue Jays take him. Probably on a deal giving him three minor league starts and then evaluating an MLB rotation slot for the rest of the year.

    Reasons: the organization likes him (I’m told), it’s thought that his sinkerball style would play well in Rogers Center (and on a team with good defense), he’s got AL East experience, veteran presence, and at this point what the hell else are they going to do? In a rotation that includes basically five #6 starters, he’d fit right in, and at least give them a warm body to toss the ball in the general direction of home plate without having to use Jeff Mathis (two pitching appearances this year!) to do it. Upside is could turn into a reliable innings-eater who keeps the ball in the yard. Downside is he stays pitching like he has been, which is to say, about as well as the Jays #1 starter has this year.

  3. pjmarn6 - Aug 10, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    What’s the beef? He had 16 years, probably salted away 50 million, is 39 years old and its time for retirement. Now he can travel the world, enjoy his kids, start a second career and enjoy life.
    MY HEART BLEEDS FOR HIM!

    • Glenn - Aug 10, 2012 at 7:43 PM

      Yes, the only pitcher to get the clinching win in the LDS, LCS, and World Series in the same year has nothing to complain about. Drinks are free in Boston for life.

      • pjmarn6 - Aug 11, 2012 at 6:09 AM

        wasn’t that he was paid for? You want to stop nature and reverse getting old? What stupidity.

  4. pjmarn6 - Aug 10, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Correct that, salted away 100 million dollars. His latest contract is for $60,000,000 for four years.

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