Indians Release Derek Lowe

The Indians announced that they released Derek Lowe. They designated the right-hander for assignment ten days ago and had until today to trade or release him.

Lowe is willing to start or relieve, Jon Heyman of reports (on Twitter). There's a sense that Lowe will return to the National League Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reported yesterday. The Cubs aren't interested and the Red Sox will pass.

Lowe, 39, posted a 5.52 ERA with 3.1 K/9 and 3.4 BB/9 in 119 innings with Cleveland this year. He earns a $15MM salary, but the Braves and Indians are responsible for all but the pro-rated MLB minimum at this point.

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  1. Gumby65 3 years ago


    • BlueSkyLA 3 years ago

      I was about to laugh at this suggestion but it kind of makes sense.

      • johnsilver 3 years ago

        If he wants to continue playing in the MLB and they even want him? One of his last few hopes. You also know one of his others Blue Sky and won’t insult you by naming it.

        • BlueSkyLA 3 years ago

          If you mean the Dodgers, I don’t think so. They’ve already gotten more value out Derek Lowe than probably any other team managed to do. In fact we could list a few pitchers about whom we could say the same thing.

          • Gumby65 3 years ago

            …but they all get lost in the sea of Schmidt’s & Stanhouse’s

          • BlueSkyLA 3 years ago

            That’s what some would say, but they forget about Kevin Brown, Hong Chih Kuo, Eric Gagne, Jeff Weaver, Brad Penny, Takashi Saito, Randy Wolf, Chan Ho Park — just to name few, other than Lowe.

  2. Sign him Theo. let him eat innings for the rest of the year. No harm or foul,

    • NorCalTribeFan 3 years ago

      I’m really surprised to see talk of Derek being signed. If you think your team can fix him, fine, but you have to understand that he is a project. He doesn’t throw hard and he simply can’t miss bats. That would be great if players hit the ball on the ground, but more often than not batted balls are rockets. He started out the year with a good ERA, but his peripherals haven’t changed much. In other words, he was really fortunate early in the year and now he is simply getting hammered. Since June 1st, he has given up 56 runs in 58 innings on 81 hits. He had 27 walks and 23 strikeouts.

      I saw him pitch on July 25th and by my estimation, at the moment he is not a major league pitcher.

      Derek had a great career. It is time for him to spend time with his family.

      • Braves1976 3 years ago

        He was terrible last season for Atlanta too. He lost every start in Sept. and was one of the main reasons the Braves missed the playoffs.

  3. coachofall 3 years ago

    The newest closer for the sf giants

  4. camerondatzker 3 years ago

    I think that if Derek Lowe can pitch in relief why not give him a shot. I heard that The SF Giants are close to a deal with Jeremy Accardo on a minor league deal.

  5. Kendall Adkins 3 years ago

    Wouldn’t be surprised to see St. Louis pick him up. We don’t have a reliable innings eater in the pen right now; only one inning guys. Would be great for the occasional terrible game from one of our starters or a blowout where Boggs and Motte aren’t needed.

  6. Joseph Fortner 3 years ago

    I see him having value as a reliever. Probably headed to a contender.

  7. Braves1976 3 years ago

    Lowe is done, a team would have to be very desperate to pick him up now.

  8. patburn 3 years ago

    I don’t know if the guy the Braves got for Lowe will ever make it the big leagues. But it is sure better paying him whatever to play minor league baseball than to see Lowe stink up Atlanta again and be overpaid for it.

  9. tdw815 3 years ago

    The Mets can use another arm in the pen,whats the harm the Braves and Indians are paying him

    • Slopeboy 3 years ago


      That’s what I think, can’t see a contender giving up a roster spot for a mop up guy.
      Mets have nothing to lose and can actually use him.

  10. Braves1976 3 years ago

    So you want to live in the past? Lowe was also bad the Sept the previous season before his good Sept you mention. So that’s two out of previous three seasons failing in Sept…

  11. Kurisu Rg 3 years ago

    What a difference a year makes, huh.

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