The New York Yankees acquired Derek Lowe after he was let go from the Cleveland Indians toward the middle of the season. Lowe spent most of his time coming out of the Yankees’ bullpen. Lowe will be a free agent this coming off-season and has said that he wants to be a starter again.
Lowe started 21 games for the Indians in the beginning of the season. He recorded eight wins with an ERA of 5.52 and struck out 41 batters. When he joined the Yankees, Lowe came out of the bullpen 17 times with a 3.04 ERA.
If Lowe does want to become a full-time starter, it will not be with the Yankees, as they will have no use for him in the starting role. He fits better in the organization as a bullpen guy especially with Ivan Nova and Michael Pineda coming back to the team in 2013.
Lowe told George King III of the New York Post:
“I would like to start again. I knew when I came here I was going to be a reliever. My first priority is to start.”
If anything, Lowe will probably find himself with another low-rate ball club if he continues to picture himself as a starter for a major league team.
In his career, Lowe has compiled a record of 175-157 with a 4.00 ERA in 16 seasons with five different franchises. Lowe has struck out 1714 batters and has a K/9 ratio of 5.8 for his entire career.
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