BOSTON (CBS) – Could there be a Derek Lowe-Red Sox reunion in the near future?
Lowe was designated for assignment by the Indians on Wednesday, and with Josh Beckett possibly facing a DL trip with a bad back, it’s not out of the question.
CSNNE’s Sean McAdam joined 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Gresh & Zolak Thursday morning, and said a D-Lowe return could happen.
“Derek Lowe pitched very well for the first two months this year. He got off to a 6-1 start with an ERA in the low two’s, and in fact beat the Red Sox,” said McAdam. “If you look at the trend in the last year, he didn’t pitch well in the second half for Atlanta. Then he had two good months this year followed up by two or three rough ones.”
Lowe went 8-10 for Cleveland in 21 starts this season, going 1-4 with a 10.03 ERA in July. But over his eight years in Boston he put up solid numbers, going 70-55 with a 3.72 ERA, and even saved 42 games in 2000.
“Who knows, maybe being back in this environment – he always loved pitching for the Red Sox and liked Boston,” said McAdam. “He’s Aaron Cook with better stuff now; he’s a ground ball guy that throws a little harder and can maybe get away with a mistake or two that Cook doesn’t”
“It wouldn’t surprise me for them to take a look at it; I guess Ben Cherington said this morning it would be something they would think about. Given that they may have to replace Beckett in the rotation with Morales, you ask yourself if, is Derek Lowe, if nothing else, better than Aaron Cook. I would say the answer is yes.”