Indians Designate Derek Lowe For Assignment

The Indians have designated Derek Lowe for assignment, reports MLB.com's Jordan Bastian (on Twitter). The move clears room on the roster for Corey Kluber.

Lowe, 39, pitched to a 5.52 ERA in 21 starts for Cleveland this season, including an 8.80 ERA in his last dozen starts. He walked (45) more batters than he struck out (41) in 119 innings, though he was still generating plenty of ground balls (60.0%) with that sinker. 

The Indians acquired Lowe from the Braves this past offseason and only had to pay $5MM of his $15MM salary. They're still on the hook for that money less the pro-rated portion of the league minimum should he sign elsewhere. Lowe has expressed interest in returning to the Red Sox, and it's likely a pitching-starved team will give him a chance given his reputation as an innings eater.


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55 Comments on "Indians Designate Derek Lowe For Assignment"


formerdraftpick
3 years 25 days ago

Surprising

sportsnut969
3 years 25 days ago

Agree there are several guys that deserve to be cut that has been pretty crappy on and off over the entire course of the season how about Accardo at one time this season the league was hitting over 300 and he is getting close to that stat again.
I thought that they would cut accardo and give Lowe the long relief spot.

But IMHO there are many moves to come over the next 2 weeks just figure anyone who does not fit next years plans will be pushed out shortly.

Duncan / Lopez / Accardo / Kotchman / Hannahan / Damon / as well as one rumor is if they fall below 10 dames out that they may go ahead and cut bait with Hafner and see what Canzler could do over 30 game stint.

Hermie13
3 years 25 days ago

Duncan hit over .300 with an OPS over 1.100 and 4 HRs in the month of July. Makes virtually the league minimum. He should not be on a list of guys to cut bait with right now…

Jim McGrath
3 years 25 days ago

What is the story with Masterson? the RSox wanted to try getting him back–anything you can pass on? Has he lost it–what’s the story?

Runtime
3 years 25 days ago

Glad to see that the Jays were right about Accardo…

wickedkevin
3 years 25 days ago

Here we go Ben Cherington.

letsgogiants
3 years 25 days ago

I could see him signing a one-day contract with the Red Sox so that he can retire with the team whom he first had success with as well as winning a championship there.

3 years 25 days ago

Thank God.

3 years 25 days ago

My thoughts exactly.

3 years 25 days ago

say hello to the newest bluejay

tomymogo
3 years 25 days ago

I read comments when he was traded from the Braves, that it was a solid move for the Indians to have a starter for only 5 million and that his performance would improve with better infield defense.

As a Braves fan who experienced what Indians fans have experienced this year, I can say that designating him for assignment is the right move, D-Lowe is done.

Braves1976
3 years 25 days ago

Agreed. Lowe needs to retire. He’s been done for a while now. He’s just hanging on based on past success.

3 years 25 days ago

He was hanging on because he makes 15M this year. I wouldn’t leave that kind of money on the table even if I knew I was toast.

Runtime
3 years 25 days ago

Hey AA…

Here’s the RHSP you’ve been looking for…

Lunchbox45
3 years 25 days ago

can we trade gose for him??

Sky14
3 years 25 days ago

Derek Lowe hasn’t been in the bullpen for a decade, so I bet AA passes on that trade.

3 years 25 days ago

Called this move after his one start versus baltimore. It was only a matter of time.

tomymogo
3 years 25 days ago

I was looking back at the comments I made when he was traded, I found this, “Awesome…….For the Braves, now it’s you’re problem Indians”.

Jwick22
3 years 25 days ago

He looked pretty good at the first of the year. I think even threw a complete game shutout. Maybe he should take a few weeks off to get fresh then work out of the bullpen. Assuming he gets picked up

Hermie13
3 years 25 days ago

Was very good the first 2 months….then the wheels fell off. Maybe a trip back to the NL could help him but he is really struggling now.

Jon McLaughlin
3 years 25 days ago

Seems like a signing the Twins would make… the land of misfit toys…

3 years 25 days ago

No, that’s the Rockies.

1980CHAMPS
3 years 25 days ago

Lowe in Coors would make even Jeremy Guthrie blush.

CowboyJames
3 years 25 days ago

I dunno…groundballs should be a good thing at Coors

Tired_OF_FakeRumors
3 years 25 days ago

Go get him sandy alderson

Jeff Snedden
3 years 25 days ago

I believe Mr. Lowe is finished. Great career, on a very short list of three pitchers who have had a 20 win season and a 40 save season. Smoltz, Eck, and Lowe. Pretty good company to be in.

3 years 25 days ago

If the Red Sox are considering him, they had better be considering him for the bullpen only…he has been losing it. His walk-to-K rate is absolutely unacceptable.

Jonathunder
3 years 25 days ago

Finally. Now, about Johnny Damon…

$6592481
3 years 25 days ago

+1 he was a mistake from the moment the ink on his contract dried.

John LeClair
3 years 25 days ago

Boston should sign him to a minor league contract

CowboyJames
3 years 25 days ago

Pretty sure they cant do that. If they pick him up then they are picking up his contract.

max
3 years 25 days ago

Would be the perfect guy to fill in for Strasburg when he gets shut down. Say what you will about Lowe, but at least he’s a proven winner, has been to the playoffs, and would only be September by the time he had to pitch every 5th day.

3 years 25 days ago

Given how the Nationals are on pace to make the playoffs, I’d be surprised if the Strasburg shutdown occurs.

Braves1976
3 years 25 days ago

Are you a Braves fan? I am and I like your idea, lol. 😉

3 years 25 days ago

I’m pretty sure anyone who’s not a Nationals fan loves that idea.

CowboyJames
3 years 25 days ago

As a Braves fan…I “like” this

TheReturnOfMrBlanks
3 years 25 days ago

If he’s looking to just continue pitching, he’s probably still better then Kip Wells and Olendorph (however you spell it) on tha Padres. I’m sure they will give him a shot.
Cant believe you guys said Twins or Rockies, Padres have the worst hodge podge group of starters ever essembled. 7 starters on the DL can do that to a team.

1980CHAMPS
3 years 25 days ago

First two months of the season and everyone thought Cy Young Candidate.

vtadave
3 years 25 days ago

Not really. He had a 17:18 K:BB in 61 innings. Not hard to see a sharp decline coming.

basemonkey
3 years 25 days ago

Mr. lowe, I understand you’ll go wherever you get a shot, but if possible, I recommend a team with a cavernous centerfield, and tall infield grass.

NYBravosFan10
3 years 25 days ago

The Braves? Nope, that didn’t work lol

$6592481
3 years 25 days ago

Target or Safeco field fit the bill. They are very pitcher friendly. Not sure about the tall infield grass though. I can’t imagine any team seriously considering a guy who’s ERA was 8.80 in his last 12 starts, even if he is free.

Rbraz
3 years 25 days ago

Twins?