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Derek Lowe traded to Indians

Posted on: October 31, 2011 12:46 pm
Edited on: October 31, 2011 3:04 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

Starting pitcher Derek Lowe has been traded by the Braves to the Indians, the Braves announced Monday afternoon.

Lowe is set to make $15 million in 2011, but Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com has learned that the Braves will pay $10 million of that. In return, the Braves will get Chris Jones, a 23-year-old left-handed pitcher. Jones was 7-1 with a 3.36 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 66 strikeouts in 72 1/3 innings for High-A Kinston this past season.

According to Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus, Jones has average velocity but a "good breaking ball and tons of deception." Goldstein further says that left-handers "can't touch" Jones and he's a possible left-handed specialist out of the bullpen.

Lowe, 38, was 9-17 with a 5.05 ERA and 1.51 WHIP in 187 innings. He's a two-time All-Star, but hasn't been really good for a full season since 2008 with the Dodgers. He has been good in stretches for the Braves, most notably September of 2010, when he was 5-0 with a 1.17 ERA.

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Comments

Since: Apr 23, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 3:47 pm
 

Derek Lowe traded to Indians

Why couldn't the Cubs have dumped Zambrano on the Indians?




Since: Jan 22, 2009
Posted on: October 31, 2011 3:42 pm
 

Derek Lowe traded to Indians

This is a beautiful day to be an Atlanta Braves fan. I know Derek Lowe is an innings eater, but it doesn't matter if you give up runs in each of those innings you eat. This trade makes the Braves substantially better in terms of addition by subtraction and the $5 Million saved on Derek Lowe will help us acquire a good hitter. The Indians could possibly get a good servicable deal out of Lowe for the $5 Million they are paying on his contract, but it is worth us giving up $10 Million & the possibility of Lowe turning it around just so we don't have to see him in Atlanta anymore. For the majority of his starts in Atlanta it was equal to waving a white flag and you knew you would lose 1 and sometimes 2 games in a week. Having McLouth, Kawakami, and $5 Million of Lowe's salary off the book (especially when we have a pitcher to replace him) really sets us up to acquire some hitting.



Since: Sep 4, 2009
Posted on: October 31, 2011 3:32 pm
 

Derek Lowe traded to Indians

YES YES YES



Since: Oct 3, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 3:32 pm
 

Derek Lowe traded to Indians

Carmona, 27, was 7-15 with a 5.25 ERA;   Lowe, 38, was 9-17 with a 5.05 ERA ... the Indians better get some more offense!  They need a right handed power hitter desperately.



Since: Oct 24, 2009
Posted on: October 31, 2011 3:25 pm
 

Derek Lowe traded to Indians

All i can say is thank god, and good riddance.
Couldn't have said it better!!


HELLO MIKE MINOR!!!!!Cool 



Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2011 3:24 pm
 

Derek Lowe traded to Indians

The Cleveland Indians will be issuing neck braces to all of their outfielders when they see the ball going out of the park when Derek Lowe pitches.



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2011 2:53 pm
 

Derek Lowe traded to Indians

Lowe, 38, was 9-17 with a 5.05 ERA and 1.51 WHIP in 187 innings. He's a two-time All-Star, but hasn't been really good for a full season since 2008 with the . He has been good in stretches for the Braves, most notably September of 2010, when he was 5-0 with a 1.17 ERA.

 
Lowe is a good pitcher, when healthy. The Indians have some good young arms and adding a grizzled veteran who was also a WS hero can't hurt. They faded down the stretch when their pitchers started to fall to injury. They're only paying him 5 million. That's a bargain if Derek is healthy.

The Braves have depth in their rotation, so this makes sense adding a younger pitcher who can possibly fortify their pen in 2013 and beyond. Their pen faded down-the-stretch as their starters went on the DL. Their offense was far too weak to compensate for those losses.

Seems to me it's a deal that helps both teams. That's what all trades should do.



Since: Nov 5, 2010
Posted on: October 31, 2011 2:38 pm
 

Derek Lowe traded to Indians

If you had any clue, you'd know that no one would take Lowe for $15 mil, and the Braves have about 7 starters better than him. They needed to clear space.



Since: Aug 18, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 2:27 pm
 

Derek Lowe traded to Indians

i like how all of my fellow tribe fans on here act surprised by this



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: October 31, 2011 2:26 pm
 

Derek Lowe traded to Indians

So the Tribe will have Derek BLOWE and Fausto CARM-OH-NO starting 40% of their games? What is this, "Major League," where the owners WANT to lose? Is Charlie Sheen coming out otf the bullpen?

I don't know but I think what I should do out of respect for the Braves is buy a Braves jersey and hang it in my rec room.  As a Tigers trade I very much appreciate the Braves convincing the Indians to take Lowe and start up to 20 percent of their games.  With the Whitesox and Twins in shambles and the Indians doing stupid shit like this, my Detroit Tigers have a fantastic chance of winning their division again next season.  

Thank you Braves and most of all thank you Indians...... wow.  A 100 year old pitcher with a 5 era in the national league... great job. 


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