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01/11/2005 7:11 PM ET
Dodgers sign Lowe to four-year deal
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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers announced today that they have signed All-Star right-handed pitcher Derek Lowe to a four-year contract, according to Dodger Executive Vice President and General Manager, Paul DePodesta. Lowe will be introduced to the media in the Stadium Club at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, Jan. 12 at 1 p.m.

"Derek is a front-line starter with a history of success in the regular season and the postseason," said DePodesta. "He adds great depth to our rotation and will help anchor our pitching staff for years to come. We're ecstatic that we were able to add a pitcher of his caliber to our team."

Lowe, baseball's second-winningest pitcher over the past three years, has a lifetime mark of 72-59 with a 3.88 ERA. Among all Major League pitchers, only Bartolo Colon has more victories (53) than Lowe, who has earned 52 victories from 2002-04, tying him with Curt Schilling on that list. During that span, he also has logged a 28-10 record and 3.28 ERA in 45 starts at home.

In 2004, the 31-year-old right-hander led the American League in ground ball to fly ball ratio (2.87) while posting a 14-12 record and allowing just 14 home runs in 33 starts for the World Champion Boston Red Sox. Lowe went 3-0 with a 1.86 ERA (4 ER/19.1 IP) in four playoff appearances, earning victories in the clinching game of the American League Division Series, Championship Series and World Series.

After spending three seasons as Boston's closer from 1999-2001, Lowe returned to the rotation in 2002 and posted a 21-8 record and 2.58 ERA, finishing third in the American League Cy Young Award voting. That season, he started the All-Star Game in Milwaukee after completing the first half with a 12-4 record.

Among free agent starting pitchers who have signed multi-year deals this offseason, only his former Boston teammate Pedro Martinez (2.71) has a lower career ERA than Lowe's 3.88 mark. In his career as a starting pitcher, Lowe is 55-37 (.598) in 120 outings.

The durable Lowe has made 32 or more starts in each of the past three seasons and has never been on the disabled list in his Major League career. He has topped the 200-inning mark on two different occasions and has ranked among the American League leaders in starts in each of the past two seasons.

The six-foot, six-inch right-hander saved a career-high 42 games for the Red Sox in 2000, leading the American League in that category while being named to the All-Star team for the first time in his career.

A native of Dearborn, MI, Lowe was originally acquired by the Red Sox along with catcher Jason Varitek from the Seattle Mariners for Heathcliff Slocumb on July 31, 1997. Seattle had drafted him in the eighth round of the June 1991 First-Year Player Draft. He and his wife, Trinka, have two sons, Phillip and Tanner and a daughter, Taylor.

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