Yankees Sign Derek Lowe

MONDAY: The Yankees have officially announced the signing in a press release and say they will use Lowe out of the bullpen. Their 40-man roster is now full.

SATURDAY: The Yankees have agreed to sign Derek Lowe, reports Marc Carig of The Star-Ledger (on Twitter). New York placed CC Sabathia on the DL with elbow stiffness today, so the move figures to replenish some pitching depth. Joel Sherman of The New York Post says (on Twitter) that the veteran right-hander has agreed to pitch out of the bullpen.

Lowe, 39, was released by the Indians earlier this week. He 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, which the Yankees will pay.


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57 Comments on "Yankees Sign Derek Lowe"


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mmiller54
2 years 10 months ago

Ouch.

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2 years 10 months ago

Why he’s awful

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BitLocker
2 years 10 months ago

Jesus, WHY!? Just use phelps.

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MB923
2 years 10 months ago

Phelps is starting. Obviously Lowe will be in long relief.

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YanksFanSince78
2 years 10 months ago

exactly. My guess is, with Garcia already in the rotation, and now Phelps, Lowe is going to be the long man seeing time mostly when the team is up by 5 or 6 runs or down by 7 or 8 runs late in the game. Rather see him used in those innings vs Phelps or any prospect in the minors like Adam Warren because those guys need regular innings.

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Devern Hansack
2 years 10 months ago

I’d normally say that I’m happy that the Yankees are picking up a lousy player, but the Red Sox are so terrible that it doesn’t matter anyway.

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DerekJeterDan
2 years 10 months ago

It really grinds my gears when fans bash a move without knowing the parameters of the deal first. Lowe is going to the Yankees to take Phelps’ spot in the bullpen. Phelps has earned his spot in the rotation and will be making the starts. Lowe is a bullpen replacement for Phelps from all reports/indications. For all the trolls bashing this move, the Yankees just added a very playoff experienced arm to their bullpen. No harm, no foul. Get well soon CC!

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Nats94
2 years 10 months ago

right

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bigpat
2 years 10 months ago

there are no parameters, they signed a guy with an ERA of 8 in his last 12 starts, that’s all there is to it. Maybe they think they can fix him easily but odds are when he gets in the game things will get ugly.

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notsureifsrs
2 years 10 months ago

unless all guys with 8 ERAs in their last 12 starts are created equal, parameters matter. this is a league minimum signing for a guy with a very good career behind him who was effective as recently as 3 months ago

no risk, moderate potential reward. they’re looking for a bandaid and there’s a reasonable chance he can be one

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DerekJeterDan
2 years 10 months ago

Agreed. Well put.

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ugotrpk3113
2 years 10 months ago

No risk?

I’d say terrible performances are a risk. A good one at that.

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YanksFanSince78
2 years 10 months ago

Lowe is the 5th or 6th guy in the bullpen. He’s not going to start and he’s not going to be put into any tight situations. He’s disposable. You can run him into the ground if you’re down by 7 runs and 5 innings to go or you can run him into the ground if you’re up by 8 and don’t want to use more valuable arms during garbage time. As long as you manage this risk then who cares? He’s cheap and the quintessential sacrificial lamb that every team needs as they try and rest guys for a post season run.

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ugotrpk3113
2 years 10 months ago

Sure – It he’s the human white flag, there’s no risk at all.

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jjs91
2 years 10 months ago

No risk he cant stop them from making the playoffs. AT worst he’ll frustrate fans a little.

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Slopeboy
2 years 10 months ago

@DerekJeterDan

Quit being such a buzz kill! All the Yankees haters have had to bite their tongues for the most part and have had only miniscule opportunities to bash NY. Now they have their one opening and you go throw rational Thought and Reason into the mix and ruin it for them. Tsk…Tsk…Tsk…!

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jwsox
2 years 10 months ago

dude chill out people are bashing the deal because its derek lowe not because its the yankees, there would be just as much bashing if he signed for any other team