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Pitcher can still become free agent after next season

Updated: November 7, 2003, 7:59 PM ET
Associated Press

BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox picked up their $4.5 million option Friday on pitcher Derek Lowe, giving him a $1 million raise next year.

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Lowe, who won 38 games for the Red Sox the past two seasons, still can become a free agent after next season. He has been the team's No. 2 starter the past two years behind Pedro Martinez.

"Derek is an integral part of the Boston Red Sox," general manager Theo Epstein said in a statement. "He has been one of the winningest pitchers ...

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