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Lowe: 'I think I'm taking a physical'

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

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.