How Lowe Can the Cubs Go?

After spending nearly two months and a majority of the Winter Meetings trying to trade for Jake Peavy, have the Cubs moved on to another front-line starter? According to a report from Jon Heyman on SI.com, the Cubs “are among several teams eyeing Lowe“…as in Derek Lowe.

Heyman’s report indicated the Cubs could revisit the talks for Jake Peavy at some point“, but if they have moved on, “Lowe could become a suitable rotation replacement in Wrigley Field.” Lowe could cost the same $63 million over the next four years that Peavy is owed according to Heymanbut the Cubs would not have to pay in terms of prospects. Lowe wants to pitch for a contender and the Cubs fit the bill. But Lowe’s price tag might be too much for a pitcher of his age and for an organization in the middle of a major transition.

Here’s more on Derek Lowe, a few rumors on a slow day…even with the signing of Joey Gathright, a couple of promotions in the Cubs’ organization, the first night of the MLB Network and a link from one of the Faithful….

Derek Lowe

First off, when discussing the possibility of the Cubs’ signing Derek Lowe, one must keep in mind that his agent is Scott Boras and he will likely go to the highest bidder….especially with the fact he is 35 years old and will turn 36 in June, Boras will try to max-out what will likely be his last contract.

Reportedly Lowe wants to return to the East Coast and the Mets, Yankees, Red Sox and Phillies are interested. Plus the Dodgers and Angels out West and the Braves in the South. Heyman’s inclusion of the Cubs in a list of team’s interested in Derek Lowe is the first by the mainstream media this winter…and could be nothing but pure speculation.

Lowe would be a great fit at Wrigley Field. Between his sinker and coupled with the fact he is a big-game pitcher that performed in the pressure cooker that was Boston pre-2004, the addition of Derek Lowe could have a big impact on the rotation. Plus the addition of Lowe would allow Lou Piniella to move Rich Harden to the fifth spot….if Jim Hendry can trade Jason Marquis.

Here are his career numbers against the Central:

  • Reds – 3-1 in 4 starts with a 2.86 ERA and a 0.73 WHIP
  • Astros – 2-3 in 7 starts with a 3.15 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP
  • Pirates – 6-0 in 6 starts with a 2.72 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP
  • Cardinals - 1-6 in 7 starts with a 6.69 ERA and a 1.83 WHIP
  • BrewersYahoo.com does not provide Lowe’s career numbers against Milwaukee
  • Great American Ball Park – 1-1 in 2 starts with a 5.73 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP
  • Minute Maid Park – 0-0 in 2 starts with a 1.64 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP
  • Miller Park – 2-1 in 4 starts with a 4.13 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP
  • PNC Park – 5-0 in 5 starts with a 2.67 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP
  • Busch Stadium – 0-3 in 3 starts with a 8.80 ERA and a 2.09 WHIP

Most of the damage by the Cardinals was done in 2008…. 0-2 in 2 starts with a 8.71 ERA and a 1.94 WHIP (10 runs, all earned, on 18 hits in 10 1/3 innings with 3 home runs allowed).

Derek Lowe is 1-0 at Wrigley Field with a career ERA of 2.67 and a career 1.11 WHIP…only one home run allowed in 27 innings pitched, 4 starts.

Lowe has made at least 32 starts in every season since 2002.

Felix Pie

What plans do the Cubs have for their former top prospect? With the signing of Joey Gathright on Tuesday it appears Felix Pie’s days as a Cub are more than numbered. According to the Sun-Times in reference to the Gathright signing, the Cubs “have been looking for a guy like this for quite some time.” But didn’t they already have Joey Gathright with more upside and for less money? Pie is out of options.

Stay tuned….

Other Moves?

According to the Sun-Times, Jim Hendry “said he’s been approached from clubs about trades since returning from the winter meetings late last week.” The Cubs “have had talks about at least the framework of a potential deal” for Milton Bradley.

Promotions for the Cubs

According to a report from Cubs.com, Paul Weaver was named director of international scouting and Jose Serra was named the Latin American coordinator on Tuesday. Weaver has served as a special assistant to Jim Hendry since joining the Cubs in 2006. Serra was the manager of Latin American operations and next season will be his 14th in the organization.

MLB Network

The MLB Network is not scheduled to officially launch until January 1st at 5:00pm C.T. but the network began replaying World Series games and showing highlights from yesteryear on Tuesday night. Only 14 days before the programming begins….

A Link from One of the Faithful

The CCO received an email from one of the readers of the site and was asked to pass it on. Regular readers of the CCO know Joe S. from San Diego is a passionate, knowledgeable Cubs’ fan that has donated his time to worthy causes in the past. Click on the link below and show Joe how classy Cubs’ fans can be.

BringAbbyHome.com

Well, that’s the latest….and I’m sticking to it!

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