Originally written on CJ Sports NFL Talk  |  Last updated 10/30/14
Rumors are swirling as I write that it is quite possible that Derek Lowe, designated for assignment today by the Cleveland Indians, could very well be wearing the Sox uniform again.
Lowe 39, started the season 6-1 with a 3.09 ERA in his first 11 starts but has struggled since the All-Star break, going 0-3 with an ERA of 15.88, hefty numbers for a man making $15 million this year, the final year of a 4 yr. $60 million deal signed with the Atlanta Braves.
The Red Sox are currently scouting rosters to find a capable starter until Josh Beckett recovers from his muscle strains of a couple of nights ago, and in this writer’s opinion, are not comfortable with Aaron Cook as of late. Reliever Franklin Morales could replace Beckett short-term but he isn’t the answer for a pennant run. Lowe’s price tag would be small for Boston as $10 million of this year is owed by Atlanta in a deal that sent him to the Indians. In the next few days, a similar deal could be struck between the Sox and the Indians where Cleveland will pay a portion of the remaining $5 million, leaving Boston with little out-of-pocket expenses to have a proven starter for the rest of the year.
This scenario is in Boston’s best interest , as they will not have to disrupt a bullpen that is thriving as of late and will soon have the addition of Andrew Bailey, the closer whom the Sox traded for back in Dec. 2011.
The next few days will decide the season for Boston, make the deal and go for the playoffs, or don’t make the deal and start preparing for next year. A wholesale roster change isn’t necessary, but trading away a few position players while their value is high makes sense.
Looking up and down the roster, this writer can see possible trades of Mike Aviles, Daniel Nava and Kelly Shoppach. Boston has minor leaguer Jose Iglesias waiting in the wings for the SS spot as well as Pedro Ciriaco. Yesterday they promoted Ryan Lavarnway, a much better bat than Shoppach, but needs some work with the mitt, and Ryan Kalish, who performed well last year in the outfield when given the opportunity.
It’s all up to Ben Cherington now, sink or swim.
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