With C.C. Sabathia and A.J. Burnett out of the free agent pool, their are two new best pitchers available in free agency.
Those two guys are Ben Sheets and Derek Lowe. Lowe is currently the bigger story of the two. The New York Mets are going at Lowe very aggressively and have offered Lowe multiple contracts in the past weeks.
Derek Lowe is a 35-year-old veteran who can teach the young pitchers on any team a lot of stuff. If the Mets get him, he can talk to Mike Pelfrey and Jon Niese.
Lowe declined both contract offers, but the offers from the Mets are far from over. The Mets aren't the only people who want Lowe in their pitching rotation. Teams such as the Red Sox and Phillies are also interested in Derek.
As of now, the team that is going for Lowe the hardest is the Mets. The Mets really need this guy to fill a spot in their rotation and they know it just as well as anybody.
Lowe was part of the '04 Championship Red Sox team. Lowe pitched spectacular in the Fall Classic and it was one of the brightest moments in his career.
The Philadelphia Phillies aren't as interested in Lowe as the Mets and Red Sox, but they are still considering signing him. The Phillies know this guy is great and it is no surprise to me that they have shown interest. Lowe is amazing.
I believe those three teams are the biggest suitors for Lowe at this time being. You never know, a team can jump out of the blue and snag him just like the Mets did last year with Johan Santana. This is the MLB. Anything can and will happen.
Last year Derek Lowe started 34 games with a total record of fourteen wins and eleven losses. Lowe also posted a 3.24 ERA. He also pitched at least 200 innings five times in the last seven years. This guy is a workhorse, just the type of guy the Mets needed last year to save the dreadful bullpen coming in, but that problem is mostly fixed. It's still good to have a guy who can pitch like that, and be consistent while at it.
Whoever get's Derek Lowe, I can almost guarantee it will be an updated starting pitching rotation. Lowe brings a lot of stuff to the table: skill, experience, and I heard that he is a nice guy in the club house, which is always good.