12/09/08 5:05 PM EST
Lowe unlikely to return to Dodgers
After meeting with pitcher's agent, Colletti looking in other directions
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
"I don't believe Derek Lowe will pitch for the Dodgers next year," said Colletti, who this week discussed interest in top free-agent pitcher CC Sabathia.
Lowe has said the main requirement for his signing is a team committed to winning. Colletti has said recently that he believed Lowe did not want to return to the Dodgers and nothing came out of the Monday night meeting with Boras to indicate otherwise.
Lowe, who is marrying former sportscaster Carolyn Hughes this weekend in Michigan, last week said he isn't convinced the Dodgers will make the moves needed to be a postseason force year after year, even though he said his agent has tried to convince him that Los Angeles might be the best place for him to pitch.
"I told Scott, if they brought back the same team as last year, I'd be the first guy to sign up," Lowe said last week. "All I told him is, I want to win and be on the team with the best chance of winning. Would I go back to the Dodgers? Absolutely, if they were that team. But look what's happened: They never made me an offer."
Lowe, who signed a four-year, $36 million deal with the Dodgers when Paul DePodesta was general manager, also cited the stagnant negotiations with Manny Ramirez and comments from ownership about financial uncertainty as indications the club won't spend like a large-market franchise.
"Granted, the economy now is bad, but it wasn't bad until the end of the year and they had huge revenues this year," he said. "They can't cry that they don't have money."
The former Red Sox World Series hero has been rumored in the mix for most of the teams seeking front-line pitching help, among them Boston, the two New York teams and Philadelphia. He said media reports that he was determined to return to the East Coast in general and the Red Sox in particular are a "misperception."
"Just look at who's won the most in the last five years and who has the best chance to win in the next three or four years," he said.
Lowe was the workhorse of the Dodgers staff, having averaged 13 1/2 wins and 212 1/2 innings in his four seasons in Los Angeles.
In 2008, he went 14-11 with a 3.24 ERA, going 8-2 against the National League West and 9-5 at Dodger Stadium. He's the only active Major League pitcher with at least 12 wins in each of the last seven seasons. Only three Major Leaguers made more than his 233 starts over the last seven years. A 12-year veteran, Lowe has never been on the disabled list.
The 35-year-old right-hander found pitching for the Dodgers to be a frustrating experience, victimized by a lack of run support that rendered many of his quality starts as no-decisions, or worse.
Lowe enjoyed his greatest success pitching for the Red Sox, left them reluctantly when not offered another contract four years ago and never seemed comfortable with the Dodgers.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.