Monday, December 15, 2008

Derek Lowe updates

Check out this column from Bryan Hoch at mlb.com, which speculates that the Red Sox and Mets are the remaining top contenders in the Derek Lowe sweepstakes. Lowe is one another one of my offseason obsessions, and I feel the need to comment on a couple quotes from this column. First up:

"The Red Sox may take a closer look, however, if the price tag comes down to the arena of four years and $52 million. Those figures may also interest the Mets..."

Holy schnikes, if Lowe can be had for 4 years and $60 million or less the Mets must-must-must sign him. I'd pay even more for him, but I can't see the Mets ponying up much more than $60 million. Why do I have this awful feeling that Oliver Perez will be signed for like 4 years, $48 million and Lowe will end up in Boston for 4 years, $56 million? Next quote:

"'With me, it's all about winning,' Lowe said. 'The team with the best chance of winning, year in and year out, is where I want to go. Scott [Boras] understands that. I've already had clubs contact us that are interested, but they're not ready to win. Scott knows that's my No. 1 priority, and he's looking out for my best interest. He's done exactly what I've been talking about.'"

Really Derek? I know this is what athletes are programmed to say, but just cool it with remarks like this. Your agent is Scott Boras, comparer of Ollie Perez to Sandy Koufax. If Lowe doesn't sign with the Mets, I'd love to see a "team with the best chance of winning" like the Orioles or Nationals get him. Best post ever... good night.

1 comment:

Mike Newman said...

Burnett's pact can't be good for the Mets and their interest in Lowe. Lowe is older, but has been more durable and consistent. 4/48 seems awfully low. 4/60+ seems more like it to me.