What, you thought hearing about interest in the “just missed two years” corpse of Noah Lowry was going to be the topper of this amazingly horrible 24 hours? Boy, were you wrong. To what depths of pitching dispair are we sinking to next? Yep: it’s guys who weren’t even big in Japan.
Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has the scoop on righty Kameron Loe, who spent the year in Japan and is apparently contemplating a return. Back in November of ’08 the Rangers sold Loe’s rights to the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks, who paid him $900K. He pitched only 27 innings, posting a 6.33 ERA. Kovacevic names the Pirates, Dodgers, Braves, and A’s as teams interested in Loe.
Who wouldn’t want a guy with an outstanding 4.7 K/9 ratio and 1.516 WHIP in parts of 5 big league seasons? Well, Japan, apparently. What’s weirder: that a guy who once had the skill to make the bigs could flunk so hard in Japan, or that he actually has multiple big league teams interested in him?
All I can come up with on this one is that the McCourts are hoping Dodger fans are dumb enough to think this is actually Derek Lowe.