It’s official: Derek Lowe’s a Yankee


The Yankees have officially signed Derek Lowe and will use him out of the bullpen, the team announced. They only owe the veteran right-hander the pro-rated portion of the league minimum with the Braves and Indians on the hook for the remainder of his $15M salary. Ryota Igarashi has unsurprisingly been optioned back to Triple-A to clear a room on the 25-man roster. The 40-man roster is now full.

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  • jjyank


  • Knoxvillain

    I like it. Some veteran “presents” and he can teach the young pitchers some things. Plus he’s always healthy. I don’t expect much from him but I think it’s a decent pick up.

  • Eddard

    This is a great move. Anytime you can load up with proven veterans like Ichiro and Lowe is a good. Just look how well the Ichiro trade has worked out. Might have been the best trade Cashman has ever made.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      They signed him as a free agent. How does one type with their ass?

      • king of fruitless hypotheticals

        Ichiro was a free agent? I thought it was a trade with the Mariners…

        • AC

          It was a trade. Whoever says a FA where have been living for last month.

    • jjyank

      “Might have been the best trade Cashman has ever made.”

      Wait, what?

      • Knoxvillain

        I want to think he’s trolling but I really have no clue. This is worse than any million dollar question on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?”

      • Billion$Bullpen

        I think he was saying the Ichiro trade may be the best one Cashman has ever made. I would disagree, I think the Swisher deal is the best move Cashman has ever made.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          He was trying to be sarcastic, I think, but ultimately got his sarcasm certificate from the Steve Karlis School of Sarcasm.

          • RetroRob

            I think you’re giving him too much credit. I’ve read a few of his posts.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              It actually reads a tinge better if you remove the sarcasm….and the trade comment suddenly makes sense.

        • jjyank

          I mean I liked the trade, but Ichiro hasn’t even been good. Pretty marginal trade to be a “best trade” candidate.

        • Mike Axisa

          Nah, the A-Rod trade is by far Cashman’s best move. They got age 28-32 A-Rod at just $15M/yr because Texas kicked in so much money.

          • king of fruitless hypotheticals

            Mike–you penalize them (or judge them poorly) for resigning A-Rod to that ungodly contract?

            • Mike Axisa

              Nah, the trade and then free agency are two separate events in my opinion.

          • split-finger


  • Robinson Tilapia

    About the best the team could do considering the timing and situation. Not expecting a ton here. Hoping for a serviceable veteran band-aid until CC’s back and rosters expand.

    Just think about how many people wanted the Yanks to sign him to the contract the Braves did.

  • Roadgeek Adam

    We’re on numberwatch again…You have to believe that either 26, 43, 53 are the top 3 again as usual, since 45 is now Casey McGehee’s. I am getting sick though of using No. 26 to denote others (Nunez, Pena), cause you have to believe that there are going to be some serious issues when September comes around. This would be the time to break out No. 60 or 61, since right now Warren has 43, Igarashi and Wade both have 53, and McDonald/Nunez/Pena have all used 26 at some point, with Nunez really being the top candidate to get that number back otherwise.

    I guess it is one of those weird seasons, considering the Yankees have issued the number 26 thrice and 43 thrice (Igarashi, Mitchell and Warren at different points), while the Mets have only re-issued 33 (Rottino then Harvey).

    • Robinson Tilapia

      My first sad thought while reading this was “McDonald? Who’s McDonald?”

    • Mike Axisa

      He wore 26 in Cleveland, I bet he wears that again.

      • Roadgeek Adam

        That’s what I figured. Would be nice to see a different number that hasn’t been issued this season used though…

        • Roadgeek Adam

          It’s No. 34 according to Meredith, so the post-AJ No. 34 begins tonight.

  • MannyGeee

    Hooray for wishing it was 2005 still! seriously, this is the best team ever (in a vacuum 8 years ago)…

    OK done being a dick… it costs NOTHING to add a veteran sinkerballer to the bullpen, especailly with CC going down and Phelps not having the pitches under his arm… I dont dislike the move, I am actually a fan.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      It was actually……kind of predictable the moment CC went on the DL. This is where my mind went first.

      • Ted Nelson (Faux)

        Prove it!

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Oh….that’s not going to lead anywhere good.

          • Havok9120

            Yeah, it can only end badly.

            That said, he used an explanation point and only two words where 5 or 10 could have been substituted, so I don’t think he has a very good grasp of what makes Ted Ted.

  • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

    Put the Champagne on Ice!!

    Just kidding but why not sign this guy. He was lights out at the beginning of the year and maybe you get luck and he goes on a run for the last 3rd of the season.

    • Derek

      Yea there’s no risk really. Not like he’ll throw any meaningful innings unless someone else gets hurt.

  • Cuso

    As long as he brings gifts to bullpen, I’m okay with it.

    He was “lights on” for a majority of the season, but I’m certain that if he gives it the old graduate school try it will come up smelling all petunias.

    (cliche, cliche, cliche)

  • P

    Big whoop