The Padres are among the teams that have interest and have requested medical records for free agent left-hander Noah Lowry.
Lowry, 29, has a 4.03 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in 106 major league games (100
starts), but hasn’t thrown a pitch in the bigs since 2007 due to
procedures on his forearm, elbow and rib. His agent
Damon Lapa won’t take any offers for Lowry before a throwing session for interested parties later this month,
but sees the Padres as a good fit:
“I think it’s safe to say Noah would be open to the possibility of
pitching for the Padres,” Lapa said. “… San Diego would not be a
difficult sell for us.”
As well he should. Lowry surely saw what pitching in Petco Park did for
his friend and former teammate Kevin Correia after the Padres inked him
to a minor league contract last winter. For a pitcher who’s looking to
get his career back on track, there’s few better landing spots than San
Per ESPN’s Jesse Rogers, Jake Arrieta‘s agent Scott Boras says they’ll discuss a potential contract extension with the Cubs when they meet in January to hammer out arbitration figures.
Arrieta, 30, is entering his third and final year of arbitration eligibility after earning $10.7 million in 2016. The right-hander followed up his Cy Young Award-winning 2015 campaign by going 18-8 with a 3.10 ERA and a 190/76 K/BB ratio in 197 1/3 innings during the regular season. Arrieta pitched well in the postseason, helping the Cubs win their first World Series since 1908.
While Boras clients tend to go to free agency, it’s not always the case. Stephen Strasburg inked a seven-year, $175 million extension with the Nationals earlier this year.
Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald reports, citing a source as well as Nikkan Sports, that reliever Koji Uehara is close to signing a one-year, $4.5 million deal with the Cubs.
Uehara, 41, finished the 2016 season with a 3.45 ERA and a 63/11 K/BB ratio over 47 innings. He missed some time in the second half with a strained right pectoral muscle. When Uehara returned from the disabled list on September 7, he tossed 11 scoreless innings with 12 strikeouts and two walks through the end of the regular season. So there’s at least some evidence, albeit in a very small sample size, that Uehara has stuff left in the tank.
The Cubs recently acquired closer Wade Davis from the Royals. Uehara would join Hector Rondon, Pedro Strop, Carl Edwards, Jr., Justin Grimm, and Mike Montgomery in what is once again a very deep bullpen.