New deal near for Lowry?
Left-hander disputes report, but hopes for contract soon
SAN FRANCISCO -- Contrary to a report on ESPN.com, San Francisco starter Noah Lowry said he has not agreed to a contract extension with the Giants."I don't know what's been said," Lowry said Friday after making his final preseason appearance. "We're in discussions right now, but nothing has been signed yet." According to the report, citing a "baseball source," Lowry's extension is believed to be a four-year deal worth approximately $9 million, with a fifth-year option that could bring the total value of the contract closer to $17 million. Lowry, a first-round draft pick of the Giants in 2000, led the team last year in wins (13), innings pitched (204.2), ERA (3.78) and strikeouts (172). He went 5-0 in August with an 0.69 ERA to win National League Pitcher of the Month honors. In 47 Major League starts, he is 24-17 with a 3.71 ERA. The terms of the rumored extension sound nice, but Lowry insisted it's nothing more than rumor at this point. "We are talking, and I'll let you know when something has been signed," Lowry said. By "we," the 25-year-old lefty actually meant the Giants and his agent, Damon Lapa. Lowry said he prefers to leave the business details to others and hopes whatever gets hammered out is completed before Opening Day. "Once it comes down to the regular season, we've got to focus on going out there and playing games," Lowry said. "Contract stuff is not something I'd like to concern myself with at that time. I'd like to get something done by the end of spring." Even if his extension isn't ready, Lowry himself is. He scattered six hits over five innings Friday against Oakland, giving up two earned runs while walking two and striking out six. "It's the second game in a row that my timing felt good," said Lowry, who is scheduled to pitch the Giants' third game of the season Wednesday in San Diego. "I was ahead of most hitters and all my pitches were good. I'm ready to go, I'm ready to start."
Tony Kuttner is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.