One of the main reasons why the Mets ultimately passed on starting pitcher Derek Lowe this off season, was because of his age.
You see, the Mets were only willing to give him three years and Lowe was looking for a fourth year which the Atlanta Braves were willing to give him. At 36-years old, Lowe would have been 40 years old in the last season of his contract and the Mets were not willing to have a 40-year old in their rotation even though Lowe has never spent a day on a Major League disabled list.
It was immediately after Lowe signed with the Braves, that the Mets got serious with Oliver Perez. And although he didn’t have the track record of Derek Lowe, he was younger and the Mets signed him for three years at $36 million bucks.
Now the world has turned…
Derek Lowe is 3-1 with a 3.01 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP, and hitters are batting just .241 against him.
Oliver Perez is 1-2 with a 9.97 ERA and a 2.26 WHIP, and hitters are batting .315 against him.
Ken Takahashi is 40-years old, and the rookie is now a part of the Mets rotation.
Pretty ironic if you ask me…