Left-hander Noah Lowry, 29, was expected to throw before Major League scouts today, the Phillies among them, but postponed his session to allow more time to prepare.
Lowry posted a 40-31 record and 4.03 ERA (109 ERA+) over five seasons with the Giants, going 14-8 with a 3.92 ERA (114 ERA+) in his last healthy season in 2007. He’s missed the last two seasons battling thoracic outlet syndrome in his forearm, a rare disorder, stemming from elbow and forearm issues that he believes the Giants misdiasgnosed. The Red Sox, Cardinals, Dodgers, Mariners, Cubs, Nationals and Mets, along with the Phillies, were expected to watch Lowry pitch. Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. described their interest as “moderate” to the Philadelphia Daily News.
Beerleaguer: What a steal it would be if can make it back. Lowry looked like the real deal for short while and a top-of-the-rotation starter in 2005, striking out 172 that season. He brings good breaking stuff, so even when he was walking the house during his injury-plagued final seasons in San Francisco, he's effective enough to keep runs off the board. Odds are he burned out his arm in his early 20s, but it’s easy to see why the Phillies would go for this. They’ll pluck a former first-rounder off the scrap pile each and every time, hoping that for every three Kris Bensons they’ll find a Jayson Werth. Obviously, this would be a high-risk signing, and teams like the Mets may be in better position to meet his expectations, but what’s not to like about a 29-year-old lefty with difference-making talent and a burning hunger to taste success again?