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The New York Yankees signed 39-year-old pitcher Derek Lowe today, less than three days after he was released by the Cleveland Indians. The right-handed ground ball inducing machine, who has pix picis ab contacto tattooed in radioactive ink on his actual heart (not merely over it), is expected to pitch out of the bullpen.

It might seem strange to envision Derek Lowe trotting out of the bullpen, but let’s not forget that before becoming an excellent starter, Lowe was an incredibly effective reliever for the Boston Red Sox from 1997 to 2001. He has made 278 career relief appearances, and led the American League is saves in 2000. He is one of just three pitchers in Major League Baseball history to attain both 160 career wins and 80 career saves.

Lowe is the perfect example of one of the many benefits of being the New York Yankees: a veteran pitcher whose value is limited is willing to take a diminished role in New York that he wouldn’t even consider taking on another less prestigious team.

 

Former Red Sox pitcher Derek Lowe will not be making a return to Boston, according to Nick Cafardo on twitter.  After being designated for assignment last week by the Cleveland Indians, many thought the two teams that would have the most interest would be the Orioles and the Red Sox. Apparently, neither team has any interest, although the club has one more day to try and swing a deal before releasing him.

Lowe started the season with a 4-1 record and 2.27 ERA, but struggled to say the least in June (.310 AVG, 6.49 ERA, .353 wOBA) and even worse in July (.352 AVG, 10.03 ERA, .412 wOBA) resulting in the DFA. Lowe made a whopping $15 million this year, with the Braves paying for $10 million of his salary.

The Indians also released both Johnny Damon and Jeremy Accardo today.

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