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According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, there are five teams interested in RHP Derek Lowe as a swingman, although he would like to start next season.

“I’ve heard the same thing from everyone,” Lowe said, according to Cafardo. “I want to be a starter and feel I have a lot left in being a regular starter in a rotation and making my 30-plus starts. I can still do that.

Lowe says he isn't thinking about retirement, and hopes to sign a new contract in January.

Lowe, 39, went 9-11 with a 5.11 ERA in 38 appearances and 21 starts for the Indians and Yankees in 2012, allowing 180 hits and 51 walks while striking out 55 batters in 142 2/3 innings. He had a 59.2 percent groundball rate and allowed only 0.63 home runs per nine innings.

Lowe wouldn't be my first choice to fill the void left by R.A. Dickey. He really struggled as a starter with the Indians last season, but pitched very well in relief for the Yankees. He's a sinkerballer who doesn't allow many home runs and has had successful experience as both a starter and reliever over the course of his career. Lowe's stuff is now diminished and his velocity is down, and so I wonder if he can provide the innings a team like the Mets need in their rotation. But someone like Lowe could be useful in that he can easily transition to the bullpen if Zack Wheeler earns a promotion to the big leagues mid-season. Of course, it remains to be seen if Lowe would be open to that possibility going into the season.

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