Derek Lowe signed to the Yankees

Published On August 12, 2012 | By Jill Saftel

Despite several subtle, and not so subtle, hints that Boston was his first choice, former Red Sox pitcher Derek Lowe has been signed to none other than the New York Yankees. According to CBS Sports, the Yankees signed the pitcher Saturday, following Lowe’s release from the Cleveland Indians. He was designated for assignment Aug. 2 after four straight losses.

Lowe is expected to join the team on Monday, and is expected to pitch out of the bullpen. Yankees ace CC Sabathia was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with pain in his left elbow, so Lowe stands to help out a depleted Yankee pitching staff.

The 39-year-old was 8-10 with a 5.52 ERA in 21 starts in Cleveland. After starting 6-2, Lowe was 2-8 with an 8.80 ERA in 12 starts since May 26.

A Boston favorite, Lowe played with the Sox for eight years from 1997 to 2004. He last pitched for Boston in 2004, the year they won the World Series for the first time in 86 years. Lowe won Game 7 at Yankee Stadium for Boston when the Sox came back from an 0-3 series defecit and defeated the Yankees in the ALCS.

When asked if he would welcome a return to Fenway, “Of course I would,” was the answer from the 39-year-old according to Michael Vega of the Boston Globe.

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Jill studies journalism at Northeastern University, covers Hockey East for College Hockey News and is the sports editor for The Huntington News. You can follow her on Twitter at @jillsaftel, just don't ask her to choose between hockey and baseball, it's impossible.