...according to SI.com. They speak kind words about the Reds in general and add that Lowe would make them instant contenders.
Bailey in long relief is most likely the best option for him at this point in time. Let him sink or swim in a "non-pressure" situation in the big leagues.The Reds aren't often thought of as players in free agency, but they could be an NL Central sleeper in '09; Lowe, 35, would make them a bona fide contender. He's a durable righthander who may be the safest bet in a deep free-agent pitching pool. His ability to induce ground balls is a huge asset in tiny Great American Ballpark, and his signing would allow Cincinnati to keep Homer Bailey, 22, in long relief as he adjusts to the majors, or to deal Bronson Arroyo for a quality infield glove.
Lowe is going to be highly sought after in free agency. How much is too much for the Reds to pay Lowe to convince him to come to Cincinnati. Will it be more than what it took to get Cordero here last winter?