Pitchers & Catchers Report to Ft. Myers

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Former Sox on the Move

Derek Lowe now finally has a new team. He reached an agreement with the Atlanta Braves on a four-year deal, worth $60 million. It was apparent from the all the Red Sox moves last week that Lowe wasn't coming back to Boston. The Braves had just lost John Smoltz to the Sox, and had also lost outon A.J. Burnett, who they made a big push for beforte he sold his soul to the Yankees. So they did what the Mets wouldn't, and that was give him a four-year deal.

So now it appears the Mets will step up their pursuit to re-sign Oliver Perez. I would personally have matched the Braves deal for Lowe, as he's more battle tested in the postseason than Perez. The Mets are also close to signing former Red Sox infielder Alex Cora to a one year, $2 million deal. Cora basically became expendable after the emergence of Jed Lowrie last season, and the fact that Cora's range has declined considerably.

There are still rumors abound that Pedro Martinez is interested in joining the Florida Marlins. The Marlins have denied their has been any contact with Pedro's agent. It doesn't appear the Mets are hot to bring him back, and there hasn't been a lot of teams banging down Pedro's door offering a deal. After last season I was really hoping Pedro would call it a career, but he still feels he has something left in the tank. I hate to see great players like him hang on too long, but I wish him well.

And speaking on former Sox on the move, Roger Clemens' next address maybe a jail cell, as Congress will begin looking into whether Clemens perjured himself before them in those hearings he personally demanded last year after the Mitchell Report hit. He maybe indicted by a grand jury soon. Kirk Radomski and Brian McNamee will be testifying, and Andy Pettitte may as well. Remember, Uncle Sam doesn't like being lied to. It's worse than the original offense. Just ask Martha Stewart.

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