Mets Make Lowe Offer
According to the several sources, including the New York Times, the Mets have offered Derek Lowe a three-year, $36M contract.
If the Mets can get Lowe that cheap, I’ll be amazed. I find it hard to believe that no other team in MLB can afford a 3/36 deal for Lowe. If I were Brian Cashman, for example, I’d be on a flight to get to Lowe’s house ASAP to make a better offer. Think about it: the Brewers signed Jeff Suppan to a 4/42 deal back in the winter of 2006 — and Suppan was, back then, in a similar place as Lowe, though not quite as accomplished. I realize the economy has changed in the past two years, but #2/#3 starters who can crank out 200 innings a year and have impressive postseason numbers remain a rare commodity. If the Brewers, for example, allow the Mets to sign Lowe to such a paltry deal, then Milwaukee owner Mark Attanasio should be tarred and feathered for his remarkably inane, “woe is me” comments of last week. Three years and $36M is a bargain for a talent like Lowe — a bargain that ANY small market team can easily swallow, from St. Louis through Kansas City to Milwaukee.
Of course, my fingers are crossed that Lowe is crazy enough to accept such a low-ball offer — though that seems like hoping against hope with Scott Boras advising him.
On another note, it is my opinion that if the Mets do in fact sign Lowe to such an affordable contract, they should then have plenty of extra dough to throw at Oliver Perez as well — and spend it on the bipolar lefthander. Enough of this “one or the other” nonsense — sign them both! Last I checked, the Mets have only two healthy MLB starters returning, and will need all the rotation help they can get.
Good luck to Omar and this strategy. However I hope someone told him he’s not dealing with Paul Kinzer.
Remember last yr when kyle lohse was simirly tagged? IF he balks then he get be stuck with a Loduca-esque 1yr deal with incentives and IF he goes to ATL his chances of winning are not good, similarly the Nats or orioles. HIS choices are the Yanks, R-sox and Mets and so therefore I think he takes the Mets offer, (at 12/13M) and adds a vesting 4th yr @15M.
I still think this $$$$ saving will only get Omar interested in a trade for a slugger, signing Hudson and eating some Castillo $$$ . I think Omar has a 130M budget and will use the resources.
Also you can’t compare Lowe to Lohse. Lohse was wildly inconsistent, Lowe is a sure thing. There’s more value in steady-ness.
I think Omar is going to save a lot of money by allowing another team to sign Lowe.
BTW the Mets still have only two healthy starters in their rotation.
IF the Mets were that deep, they could have paid for 5yrs of K-rod. Similarly why not bid 5 yrs on Lowe and crush any 2nd party lurking in the background.
The Mets didn’t pay for 5 years of K-Rod because they didn’t have to. Again, you can’t compare apples to oranges — this was simply a bad year for K-Rod to be a FA. Without the Red Sox, Yanks, and Cubs in the bidding, and with his own team dropping out, there wasn’t much for the Mets to compete with.
They’re not bidding 5 years on Lowe because they’re gambling that he wants to play on the East Coast for a team that has a good chance to go to the postseason, and they think they’re the only team looking for a solid #3 starter. I’m not saying Lowe will get 5 years — I doubt it highly — but he’ll certainly get more than $12M/year.
Watch out for the Brewers, Blue Jays, and the Braves. They all made huge offers to free agent pitchers this winter, and I don’t think that money vanished in the last few weeks. The economy may be bad, but it’s not that bad. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Indians, Rangers, or Royals get into the bidding — they all have some money to spend, need a starter, and think they can compete next season. Heck, the Cardinals could get involved too, since they missed out on Brian Fuentes. Maybe they sign Lowe and move Wainwright back to the ‘pen.
Let’s remember that Omar has had his most consequential signings in the month of January. Carlos Beltran in ’06 (was it then?) and Johan last year.
One thing we’ve learned about Boras is he does NOT bluff.