Experienced no-no hurler rejects Mets’ offer

The New York Mets’ initial attempt to add an experienced no-hitter hurler to the squad has apparently been quashed.

Los Angeles Dodgers starter Derek Lowe has rejected the Mets’ 3-year, $36 million offer and reportedly wants a lot more money.

As a Boston Red Sox starter on April 27, 2002, Lowe no-hit the Tampa Bay Devil Rays during a 10-0 rout.

If Lowe eventually joins the Mets and takes a spot in the rotation, he would become the 10th Mets pitcher to throw a no-hitter before coming to New York. The other nine are Don Cardwell (Chicago Cubs), Warren Spahn (Milwaukee Braves), Dean Chance (Minnesota Twins), Dock Ellis (Pittsburgh Pirates), John Candelaria (Pittsburgh Pirates), Bret Saberhagen (Kansas City Royals), Al Leiter (Florida Marlins), Kenny Rogers (Texas Rangers) and Hideo Nomo (Los Angeles Dodgers).

Billy Wagner (Houston Astros) and Ricardo Rincon (Pittsburgh Pirates) also threw single innings of no-hit ball during multiple-pitcher no-nos before joining the Mets.

(See our No-hitters … before they came to the Mets page for details on these no-hitters.)

The Mets want Lowe to take a spot in the starting rotation with Johan Santana, John Maine and Mike Pelfrey. Oliver Perez and Pedro Martinez remain part of the backup plan.

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