Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Braves Grab Lowe and Squeeze Dodgers

Well, so much for that idea. Derek Lowe has just signed a big-time four-year, $60M deal with the Atlanta Braves. Our five reasons don't outweigh the Braves' $60M? Shocker.

The Atlanta Braves and pitcher Derek Lowe have reached preliminary agreement on a four-year, $60 million contract, baseball sources told ESPN.com.

The deal is pending a physical exam, a source said. Braves general manager Frank Wren declined comment in an e-mail to ESPN.com.

With their late push for Lowe, the Braves succeeded in beating out the New York Mets, the other principal suitor for Lowe.

The Mets are expected to turn their attention to free agent left-handers Randy Wolf and Oliver Perez.

One other possibility for the Mets is former Milwaukee Brewers ace Ben Sheets, whose price has dropped because of concerns about his health.

Lowe, 35, has a career 126-107 record in 12 seasons with Seattle, Boston and the Los Angeles Dodgers. He's averaged 208 innings the past seven seasons, and consistently has one of the highest ground ball-to-fly ball ratios in the game.

And guess which team is absent from mention? That's right, the Dodgers. I know, I know, "be patient." Big things are to come. Yessiree.


Baseball Cynic said...

Well, at least they won't have Russell Martin to talk him out of a "bad pitching day".