A few recognizable names have been designated for assignment in the past few days, including outfielder
and first baseman
But the one that can most easily be connected to the
Lowe, 39, has just too many connections to the current Orioles not to be a serious target. As one club official said, "It makes a whole lot of sense."
Current Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette traded for Lowe in 1997 (from the
Current Orioles scouting director Gary Rajsich was the guy who recommended Lowe to Duquette at the time of the trade.
But more important, for the past 15 years, Lowe has worked with pitching mechanics specialist Chris Correnti, basically employing Correnti as his personal pitching coach. They work together every offseason.
Correnti now is employed by the Orioles and is in Sarasota as the club's rehab pitching coordinator. Lowe and Correnti are expected to meet this week in Fort Myers, Fla., where Lowe lives, to work on mechanics while Lowe is in limbo, waiting 10 days for the Indians to trade, release or ask waivers on him.
Lowe was owed $15 million this year, but the
Lowe started out the season impressively, going 6-1 with a 2.05 ERA in eight starts. In his past 13, however, he has gone 2-9 with an 8.28 ERA. The Orioles have roughed him up twice in the last five weeks, scoring 14 runs (11 earned) in just 8 1/3 innings in his past two starts against them (June 29 in Baltimore; July 20 in Cleveland).
However, the Orioles are looking for a veteran innings eater with experience and were in deep negotiations to acquire Philadelphia’s
If Lowe can figure things out, he may be a better fit. He's a groundball pitcher (he's allowed just eight homers this year) and knows the treacherous AL East. He is 34-34 with a 4.67 ERA in 159 games against the East; Blanton, in comparison, was 11-15 with a 5.18 ERA in 39 starts versus the East.
Lowe also may generate some interest from the Red Sox, for whom he played eight seasons and still has great affection. When asked if he’d like to return to Boston, Lowe told the
But with his personal pitching mechanic employed by the Orioles, you would think he'd consider Baltimore if given the chance.