If Chien-Ming Wang’s injury does turn out to be season-ending, I wonder if the Yankees will try and make a run at picking up Derek Lowe in a trade?
Lowe will be a free agent at the end of the season – so, there’s some incentive for the Dodgers to shop him. Plus, the Dodgers are 31-38 right now and appear to be going nowhere this year.
Lowe is durable – he never misses a start, and, if I recall correctly, he’s never been on the disabled list. He’s played in Boston and L.A. – so, he’s not going to melt in New York with all the media coverage here.
And, since 2002, you can make a case that Lowe’s been one of the top twenty starters in big leagues. Stats via the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia:
Pitcher RSAA GS IP ERA Johan Santana 216 180 1273.2 2.92 Roy Halladay 194 187 1333 3.25 Brandon Webb 191 177 1184.2 3.18 Roy Oswalt 167 203 1360.2 3.23 Carlos Zambrano 165 194 1285.1 3.30 Tim Hudson 160 208 1399.2 3.41 Pedro Martinez 154 154 995 3.10 Curt Schilling 131 157 1102.1 3.63 Roger Clemens 129 163 1029.2 3.23 Randy Johnson 125 177 1175 3.53 Mark Buehrle 117 213 1445 3.91 Andy Pettitte 95 186 1165.1 3.70 Jason Schmidt 93 157 1029 3.43 Barry Zito 91 220 1392 3.87 C.C. Sabathia 91 200 1317.1 3.78 John Lackey 87 188 1205.2 3.75 Derek Lowe 87 214 1336.2 3.89 Ben Sheets 86 178 1167.2 3.62 Jake Peavy 84 182 1152 3.27 Kenny Rogers 77 187 1161.1 4.15
What would it take to get Lowe from the Dodgers? Well, hopefully Joe Torre is high on Ian Kennedy. If so, that would be a great starting point for any discussion. Maybe Cashman can even play up to “Kennedy was big at U.S.C.” angle on this one? If L.A. wants another starter, how about throwing in Kei Igawa? I doubt that Torre wants him. But, hey, it doesn’t hurt to ask. Shoot, throw in La Troy Hawkins while you’re at it.
But, in addition to Kennedy, the Dodgers are going to want someone else as well. Torre would probably love to get Robinson Cano – with Jeff Kent being 40-years old and at the end of the line. However, there’s no way that Cashman would trade Kennedy and Cano for three months of Lowe.
If the Dodgers want a second baseman for the future, maybe they would have an interest in Kevin Russo? Perhaps New York could also sweeten the pot by “throwing in” a pitching prospect like George Kontos?
How is this for a deal? Ian Kennedy, George Kontos, Kevin Russo and either Kei Igawa or La Troy Hawkins for Derek Lowe. Personally, I think that’s a fair offer – there’s no way that L.A. would see that as an insult. And, if Wang is done for the season, it’s a trade that the Yankees can afford to make – in terms of what they’re giving up and what’s left in their system.
And, it’s probably a lot cheaper than what it might take to get C.C. Sabathia in a trade (with the Indians).