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Sunday, January 9, 2005
Updated: January 11, 11:27 AM ET
Lowe: 'I think I'm taking a physical'

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Boston Red Sox postseason hero Derek Lowe appeared Sunday to be on the verge of joining the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Derek Lowe
Starting Pitcher
Boston Red Sox
33 14 12 0 105 5.42

Lowe said from his home in Fort Myers, Fla., he wasn't sure if a deal had been finalized, but he planned to be in Los Angeles on Monday.

"I'm flying to L.A. tomorrow morning, that is all I know," the 31-year-old right-hander said. "I think I'm taking a physical tomorrow."

A physical would be the final step before Lowe and the Dodgers complete a four-year deal worth about $36 million.

Lowe was 14-12 with a 5.42 ERA in 33 starts with Boston last season. But he was 3-0 with a 1.86 ERA in four games during the postseason, three of them starts. He was the winner in the final game of all three postseason series -- against the Angels, Yankees and Cardinals -- as the Red Sox won their first World Series in 86 years.

He has a 72-59 career record with 85 saves.

The Dodgers are holding a news conference Monday, where left-hander Odalis Perez will speak publicly for the first time since agreeing to terms of a three-year, $24 million contract late last week to remain with the team.

Lowe said he would not be at the news conference.

Lowe's comments made it appear the Dodgers were close to finally completing a trade with Arizona that would send high-priced outfielder Shawn Green to the Diamondbacks. They were holding off finalizing the deal with Lowe until the trade was completed, a lawyer involved in those talks said on the condition of anonymity.

On Sunday night, Green and the Diamondbacks agreed in principle on a 3-year, $30 million contract that should pave the way for Lowe to sign with the Dodgers. Green will come to Phoenix for a physical on Monday, Diamondbacks general partner Ken Kendrick said.

The deal will give Green $10.5 million this year, $8 million in 2006 and $9.5 million in 2007. The agreement includes a mutual option for a fourth year, with a $2 million buyout should the Diamondbacks decide not to retain Green, Kendrick said.

The deal was reached about four hours before the 48-hour window to negotiate granted by Major League Baseball was to end at 1 a.m.

Green's agreement to waive his no-trade clause would pave the way for a trade that would send him and $10 million from the Dodgers to the Diamondbacks for four minor league players, including catching prospect Dioner Navarro and pitcher William Juarez.

Green had been due $16 million for next season, the final year of his contract, but agreed to restructure it with the Diamondbacks.