Go after Derek Lowe, very hard. He's perfect. He can handle the AL East and the Rivalry, and he won't get crazy years. Offer him crazy money ($15 million per season?) over three years.Lowe had a very good season in '08, going 14-11, with a 3.24 ERA, and a 1.13 WHIP. But it's also worth mentioning that he did this in AAA......... I'm sorry, the NL West.
The last time Lowe pitched in the AL East was in 2004, and he went 14-12, with a 5.42 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP. The year before that he had a 4.47 ERA and a WHIP of 1.42. And this was when the AL East only had two good teams. Since then he's had four sub-4.00 ERA seasons with the Dodgers.
I wouldn't do it, I just don't think he'd be anywhere near as effective in the AL. But what about you, would you sign Lowe for next year?