Last night, according to multiple reports, the Mets offered Derek Lowe a three-year, $36 million contract.
“Lowe recently told a friend that the Red Sox have never showed serious interest in him,” explains John Harper in the Daily News, who believes, ‘more and more,’ it is only a matter of time before Lowe signs with the Mets.
According to ‘the friend,’ the Mets and Lowe exchanged contract proposals before Christmas, like the Boston Globe suggested last week.
Harper’s right, it is feeling inevitable – in the same way the Johan Santana Trade was starting to feel inevitable one year ago.
Similar to the Santana situation from last year, the competition is minimal, and the marriage makes sense – keeping Lowe in the National League, while returning him to the East Coast on a team that is built to win now.
In the end, I do not believe the Mets intend to guarantee a fourth year to the deal, and would love to keep the price below $15 million per season, which, if they pull it off, will be impressive, considering only a month ago he was seeking a ‘Zito-like Deal,’ according to Ken Rosenthal at FoxSports.com.
In case you’re thinking it…
In the New York Post, Mike Puma writes, “A Mets official termed it unlikely that the team would sign more than one starter from the group that includes Lowe, Oliver Perez and Randy Wolf.”