Sheehan: Reds Should Get Lowe

An interesting take by Joe Sheehan from Baseball Prospectus via Sports Illustrated.com

2. Cincinnati signs Derek Lowe.

The Reds aren’t often thought of as players in free agency, but they could be an NL Central sleeper in ’09; Lowe, 35, would make them a bona fide contender. He’s a durable righthander who may be the safest bet in a deep free-agent pitching pool. His ability to induce ground balls is a huge asset in tiny Great American Ballpark, and his signing would allow Cincinnati to keep Homer Bailey, 22, in long relief as he adjusts to the majors, or to deal Bronson Arroyo for a quality infield glove.

Intriguing.  He had a very good season last year.  At 35, he started 34 games and pitched 211 innings.  His 2008 WHIP at 1.133, and having a strong, durable groundballer at GABP is a very nice thought.

The only problem is that he would probably ask for about the same amount of money ($10M in 2008) or more and 3-4 years.

If only Wayner hadn’t given Coco Corderro that bloated, long-term deal, Derek Lowe in the rotation would be a very good possibility.  Now the team seems to have more issues in terms of position players rather than pitching.

Could the Reds use Lowe as a stop-gap measure while wating for Bailey, Daryl Thompson, and/or Ramon Ramirez?

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