Noah Lowry Rumors

Indians Notes: Free Agent Targets, Marte

Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer answers readers' questions in a mailbag piece. Within the article, he provides his opinions on a few Indians-related topics….

  • There's "no way" the Indians will sign someone as expensive as Kerry Wood this year.
  • If the club is involved in signing free agents at all, Hoynes expects the deals to happen later in the offseason, and at very little cost.
  • Hoynes wouldn't be surprised if GM Mark Shapiro targeted one or two inexpensive, low-risk starting pitchers. Hoynes doesn't offer any specific names, though one reader suggests Noah Lowry. Check out MLBTR's free agent list for an idea of what type of reclamation projects the Indians might look at this offseason.
  • Hoynes thinks Andy Marte has a decent chance of remaining on the roster through the winter and competing for a spot on the team in the spring

Noah Lowry To Become A Free Agent

According to Henry Schulman of The SF Chronicle, Giants lefthander Noah Lowry will become a free agent today after he is removed from the 40-man roster. Schulman said Lowry's agent was informed of the move today, who added that he is "completely healthy throwing three days a week on his normal offseason program without any restrictions."

Lowry hasn't appeared in a game since August of 2007 due to an arm injury, and Lowry's camp believes the Giants misdiagnosed and mistreated the injury. The 29-year-old was in the final year of his four-year, $9.25MM in 2009, and still has one more year of arbitration eligibility ahead of him.

Odds & Ends: Bray, Fox, Manny, Crow

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Noah Lowry Misdiagnosed?

8:00pm: The Chronicle has a statement from the Giants, in which they deny Lapa's accusations.

2:41pm: ESPN's Jerry Crasnick has the latest on Giants pitcher Noah Lowry.  The 28 year-old southpaw hasn't pitched in the Majors since August of 2007 due to injuries.  Today he is having surgery to remove a rib to facilitate circulation.  Lowry's agent Damon Lapa told Crasnick the condition, thoracic outlet syndrome, has "existed since 2007 and essentially been misdiagnosed."  Lapa says the Giants had the wrong surgery performed and had the pitcher do the wrong rehab as well.  Henry Schulman has more from Lapa for the San Francisco Chronicle.

Lowry signed a four-year contract in April of 2006, and there's a $6.25MM club option for 2010.  The Giants figure to decline that and non-tender Lowry since he will still be arbitration-eligible.  I am guessing this whole situation will result in a lot of legal wrangling.  Lowry is expected to enter 2010 with a clean bill of health.

Is Lowry Trade Bait?

Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports from Spring Training about the fifth starter in San Francisco–and potential moves surrounding the competition.

Baggarly cites GM Brian Sabean as having said that the fifth starter job belongs to Jonathan Sanchez. That leaves Noah Lowry without a spot in the San Francisco rotation. Will he be traded soon?

While that is an option, Baggarly also notes that Lowry has an option remaining, meaning he could pitch at AAA Fresno for a time. Lowry could begin asking for a trade from there, but with the way his contract is set up, such a move seems unlikely at this time.

Sabean Can’t Imagine Trading Sanchez

According to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Giants GM Brian Sabean can’t imagine trading Jonathan Sanchez for a bat.

Sanchez is pencilled in as the Giants’ fifth starter, behind Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Randy Johnson and Barry Zito. Noah Lowry would have to pitch extremely well in Spring Training to take the job from Sanchez.

Odds and Ends: Lowry, Kawakami, Lowe, Young

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Crasnick On Abreu, Eckstein, Bloomquist, Lowry

ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick has a bunch of new info.

  • The Braves’ interest in Bobby Abreu is described as "lukewarm at best."  And he’d have to be a huge bargain for the Mets to get involved.  Abreu’s agent has his work cut out for him.
  • Two middle infield possibilities for the Royals: David Eckstein and Willie Bloomquist.  The Royals also considered Jerry Hairston Jr., but are concerned with his health record.  Also, Dayton Moore continues to deal with payroll limitations.
  • The Rangers are "keeping an eye on" Giants starters Noah Lowry and Jonathan Sanchez.  Lowry had arthroscopic elbow surgery in September.

Odds and Ends: Patterson, Lowry, Alvarez

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Odds And Ends: Hamilton, Lowry, Brewers, Tejada

I’m not so happy about kicking off the day with an odds and ends post, but what can I say? I can’t go around making up rumors.

  • Evan Grant talks about how well the Josh Hamilton acquisition has worked out. I say acquisition, because the trade worked out smashingly for the Reds, too.
  • Looks like there won’t be a six-man rotation in San Fran anytime soon. Noah Lowry isn’t throwing anymore, as the pins and needles in his arm have returned. He could miss the entire first half of the season. So much for being a trade candidate.
  • Brewers GM Doug Melvin has said that the team will look for pitching, but not to expect anything. It’s a seller’s market right now. In the meantime, David Bush takes a spot in the rotation, and Jeff Weaver remains an option.
  • Miguel Tejada promised a sick kid he’d hit a homer, and came through. I could never make such a promise. How could you live with yourself if you failed?

Posted by Joe Pawlikowski, who writes for River Ave. Blues, a Yankees blog (though you already knew that, right?). Today is slooooow. Hit me with rumors.