It's no secret that we here at BCB would love to beef up the rotation. And, we just watched Derek Lowe pitch a brilliant game tonight at Wrigley Field... inducing ground ball after ground ball with that sinker, and going 7 scoreless innings.
Lowe had a fantastic April with a 2.88 ERA and a 2-1 record (The Dodgers won 5 of his 6 starts). However, he's had a rotten May, losing all 4 of his decisions, as his ERA climbed to 5.03 prior to tonight's start. Still, Lowe's been an extremely durable pitcher over the last several seasons, and he's in a contract year... playing for what will likely be the last major deal of his career. One could expect that he'd be a boost to any rotation.
Peter Gammons has recently listed Lowe among 10 SPs who could be available in the coming months. (Paul Byrd, Jeremy Sowers, Derek Lowe, Rich Harden, Odalis Perez, Brett Tomko, Jarrod Washburn, Zach Duke, Vicente Padilla, and Kevin Millwood). Gammons also has listed five "unlikely, but not impossible" scenarios: (A.J. Burnett, Bartolo Colon, Joe Blanton, Greg Maddux, and Ben Sheets).
So, if one could pick from that list in a dream world, I'd say Lowe would be the best pick... and, if the Dodgers are sellers at the deadline, Lowe's an automatic to get dealt.
Tony Massarotti of the Boston Herald seems to think that Yankees will be among the teams in pursuit of Lowe during the offseason... and reports out of MLB Trade Rumors.com suggest that Boras might be able to get Lowe a 3-year deal at $39MM. So, given the interest... whoever deals for him at the deadline would basically be getting a 3 month rental.