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Derek Lowe Close to Deal With Mets

According to, former Dodgers and Red Sox starter Derek Lowe is nearing a contract with the Mets.

The news comes after virtually every New York media outlet reported that the team and Lowe were deep in talks yesterday, and the Globe cites terms circa three-years with a fourth-year vesting option worth a total around $60 million. The New York Daily News' John Harper, in particular, says that a deal could between the team and Lowe could be reached at any point from today until New Year's Day.

Lowe is the top name sitting on the free agent market after all of the previous three headliners -- CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Mark Teixeira -- all signed with the Yankees for a combined $430 million+.

The sinkerballer would be a huge pick up for the Mets rotation, giving them a top-notch No. 2 starter to pitch behind Johan Santana. Lowe would also decrease some of the pressure on John Maine and Mike Pelfrey in the No. 3 and 4 slots, respectively, and it would give New York a bit of a buffer with Maine returning from an arm injury last year.

By Cameron Smith  |  December 24, 2008; 3:01 PM ET
Categories:  Dodgers , Mets , Red Sox  
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Joe Nelson signs with the Rays, in a Christmas gift to Natsfan1a1. More bullpen depth. Makes up for the possibility that some of those Howells and Balfours and Wheelers return to Earth and Percival returns to the hospital ward (which would be unfortunate for a great competitor; I'm merely acknowledging his injury history).

Merry Christmas, Cameron.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | December 24, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

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