Jul 13, 2012; Toronto, ON, Canada; Cleveland Indians pitcher Derek Lowe (26) looks on against the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre. The Indians beat the Blue Jays 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE
Ben Cherington said hasn't ruled out Derek Lowe but team has not made a decision on him yet.— Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) August 2, 2012
Lowe was designated for assignment by the Cleveland Indians, who have 10 days to waive, trade or release the veteran sinker baller. The Baltimore Orioles are also expected to have interest in the 39-year-old.
The Atlanta Braves ate most of Lowe's salary and traded him away after an ugly 2011 season in which he went 9-17 with a 5.05 ERA. It looked like a low-risk addition for the Indians, but Lowe has been even worse this year, going 8-10 with a 5.52 ERA. Most shocking, he's issued more walks (45) than strikeouts (41).
Lowe was with the Red Sox from 1997-2004. He led the league in saves as the Boston closer in 2000 and finished third in the Cy Young in his first full year as a starter in 2003.
Should the Red Sox bring back Derek Lowe?