With the Cleveland Indians in town for a series at Fenway Park, Red Sox owners John Henry, Larry Lucchino and Tom Werner presented Derek Lowe with a new 2004 World Series ring Saturday to replace the one he had stolen from his Fort Myers home last month.
“You know me, I can talk,” Lowe said. “But it was one of those moments where I didn’t even know what to say. It wasn’t like they just sent over a bat boy or sent it over. All three of them came over to give it to me. They said some really nice things.”
Lowe followed up a very disappointing regular season by going 3-0 with a 1.86 ERA in the 2004 postseason for the Red Sox. On just two days’ rest, he beat the Yankees in Game 7 of the ALCS to put the Red Sox back in the World Series for the first time in 18 years. His World Series victory against the Cardinals was his last start with Boston, as he signed a free agent deal with the Dodgers in the following offseason.
“It’s something I’ll never forget,” said Lowe. “It almost means more this time because it was a selfless act on their part. I just want people to know they did this.”
The Orioles singlehandedly kept the rumor mill churning this weekend. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports that the club is interested in making a play for free agent right-hander Lance Lynn, adding him to a list of potential candidates that also includes free agent righty Alex Cobb. The two are expected to command similar contracts in free agency, but Morosi notes that the Orioles may prefer Cobb based on his familiarity with the AL East.
Lynn, 30, is two years removed from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Despite missing the 2016 season, he bounced back with a respectable 11-8 record in 33 starts and complemented his efforts with a 3.43 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 7.4 SO/9 over 186 1/3 innings for the 2017 Cardinals. He lost several days with a blister on his pitching hand in early September, but managed to avoid any major injuries and can reasonably be expected to shoulder another heavy workload in 2018.
Lynn may not be the Orioles’ first choice to beef up their starting rotation, but there’s no doubt that he’ll be in high demand as one of very few viable starters on the market this winter. The veteran righty rejected his one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Cardinals on Thursday and will likely be seeking a multi-year contract, one that Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch estimates around five years and $100+ million. If the Orioles are willing to bite that bullet, they’ll still need to compensate the Cardinals with their third pick in next year’s draft.