According to multiple reports, Derek Lowe has publicly stated that while money is a factor, more than anything he wants to go back to a place that is dedicated to winning, namely the Boston Red Sox. Lowe is putting Boston first on his list of preferred destinations now that he's a free agent.
D-Lowe made 10 million dollars in 2008 but put together a surprisingly good season in Mannywood land, especially down the stretch. He went 14-11, with a 3.24 era, 147 strikeouts and low whip of 1.13.....worth 10 million dollars?...most people say no, but the honest reality is (as Mazz correctly mentioned today) pitching commands a price of nearly one million dollars per win nowadays, amazing really.
As good as it may sound to bring in D-Lowe as a back of the rotation starter, let's remember where he put up those numbers...the NL West...sh*t, the Pirates could contend in the NL West. I think we all know how competitive the AL East will be in 09' and to expect those same numbers out of the 35 year old Lowe would be foolishly optimistic.
Word on the street is Derek Lowe will play for free in Boston and is even willing to pay the Sox if they promise to bring back Kevin Millar as a back up first basemen. Lowe also stated he would want Jacoby to grow out a beard (if possible). More on this story as/if it evolves.