Derek Lowe wants to start, teams interested in him as swingman

Derek Lowe polaroidAccording to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, there are five teams interested in RHP Derek Lowe as a swingman, although he would like to start next season.

“I’ve heard the same thing from everyone,” Lowe said, according to Cafardo. “I want to be a starter and feel I have a lot left in being a regular starter in a rotation and making my 30-plus starts. I can still do that.

Lowe says he isn’t thinking about retirement, and hopes to sign a new contract in January.

Lowe, 39, went 9-11 with a 5.11 ERA in 38 appearances and 21 starts for the Indians and Yankees in 2012, allowing 180 hits and 51 walks while striking out 55 batters in 142 2/3 innings. He had a 59.2 percent groundball rate and allowed only 0.63 home runs per nine innings.

Michael Baron, Contributor

Lowe wouldn’t be my first choice to fill the void left by R.A. Dickey. He really struggled as a starter with the Indians last season, but pitched very well in relief for the Yankees. He’s a sinkerballer who doesn’t allow many home runs and has had successful experience as both a starter and reliever over the course of his career. Lowe’s stuff is now diminished and his velocity is down, and so I wonder if he can provide the innings a team like the Mets need in their rotation. But someone like Lowe could be useful in that he can easily transition to the bullpen if Zack Wheeler earns a promotion to the big leagues mid-season. Of course, it remains to be seen if Lowe would be open to that possibility going into the season.