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Mr. Laz
01-13-2009, 11:36 AM
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Lowe was talking to the Braves about a $60-million, four-year contract

</td></tr></tbody></table> By Jon Heyman, SI.com
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Last season, Derek Lowe posted his lowest ERA (3.24) since 2002.
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</td></tr></tbody></table> Star free-agent right-hander Derek Lowe is heading to the Braves, SI.com has learned.
Lowe will soon sign with Atlanta, according to officials with both the Mets and Phillies, the two other National League division rivals in contention for Lowe.
Lowe was talking to the Braves about a $60-million, four-year contract, SI.com reported early Tuesday morning.

The Braves' imminent agreement with Lowe is a hit to the rival Mets, who had been hoping to add Lowe to their rotation. The Mets, who have been told Lowe will be a Brave, will now turn their attention to free agent left-hander Oliver Perez.
Lowe was hoping to come back east after four successful yet unfulfilling years in Los Angeles. He pitched in Boston before his stint with the Dodgers. Lowe was believed to prefer the National League all along.
Lowe, who went 14-11 with a 3.24 ERA with the Dodgers last year and is 126-107 for his career, saves the Braves' offseason after they tried hard but failed to land star right-handers Jake Peavy (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/baseball/mlb/players/6872) and A.J. Burnett and shortstop Rafael Furcal. The Braves did, however, previously land Javier Vazquez (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/baseball/mlb/players/5947) and Kenshin Kawakami for their rotation. With one of baseball's best prospects Tommy Hanson ready to join the rotation in the estimation of many baseball scouts, Atlanta could have one of the better rotations in the league.

The Mets, who had offered Lowe $36 million over three years, recently started talking dollars with Perez as they may have sensed their chances on Lowe were diminishing. The Mets are proposing a three-year deal for close to $30 million for Perez. Although, a four-year deal for Lowe, who at 35 is eight years Perez's senior, may convince them they need to give him another year. Mets general manager Omar Minaya has preferred Perez all along, but other members of their front office wanted Lowe.
The Mets aren't certain what other teams may be bidding on Perez. Should they fail to sign Perez, they are expected to turn to left-hander Randy Wolf. Pedro Martinez looks less likely now that the Mets have signed Tim Redding (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/baseball/mlb/players/6754), who'll probably fill the No. 5 spot in the rotation.

01-13-2009, 11:58 AM
and this has to do with the Royals how?

01-13-2009, 11:59 AM
I wanted to kick Frank Wren's ass a few days ago when the Smoltz news broke but now I'm digging that he's brought us KAWAKAMI~! and now a guy we REALLY needed in Lowe.

Time to sure up the LF spot and head to spring training.

Mr. Laz
01-13-2009, 12:09 PM
and this has to do with the Royals how?
there isn't a baseball prefix

Kyle DeLexus
01-13-2009, 12:12 PM
and this has to do with the Royals how?

Well if Grienke can't be locked up long term, the Braves and Rangers are two of the teams that have been very interested in the past. With the Braves getting Lowe they won't feel the need to give up as big a haul of top prospects as they would have without signing an ace this offseason. Same reason Royals fans were lurking around waiting to see what happened with the Peavy talks.

Simply Red
01-13-2009, 04:16 PM
and this has to do with the Royals how?

Don't be jealous, hater.

GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!