Mission accomplished, Braves sign Derek Lowe

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves and free agent right-hander Derek Lowe have agreed to a four-year deal worth $60 million on Tuesday, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Lowe, 35, is coming off a season in which he went 14-11 with a 3.24
ERA for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 34 starts. The deal gives Atlanta a
much sought after ace pitcher to anchor a new look rotation which
includes Javier Vazquez, recently signed Kenshin Kawakami and rookie stand-out Jair Jurrjens.

Just last Thursday, the Braves were believed to have suffered
through a disastrous offseason in which they were unable to come to
terms with free agents A.J. Burnett and Rafael Furcal, unable to complete a trade for Jake Peavy, and watched 21-year veteran John Smoltz depart in favor of joining the Boston Red Sox.

Atlanta will hold a press conference on Tuesday afternoon to
formally introduce Kawakami and will formally announce the Lowe signing
after the righty completes a routine physical on Wednesday.

Lowe, who has averaged 15 wins and 208 innings per season since
2002, brings durability and poise to an Atlanta rotation which was
marred by injury in 2008. In a 12-year career, Lowe is 126-107 with a
3.75 ERA and 85 saves.

5 Comments

good stuff man.
The braves need one more ace to be legit world series condenders

-What a sigh of relief!! From the almost disastrous off-season. After loosing out on the Peavy and Burnett deals- then loosing one of our most admired and prized players Smoltize- landing Lowe and adding Kawakami to our rotation, again makes this Braves fan more reason to look forward to the upcoming season!

I’m really happy the Braves signed Lowe. The only problem I can see with it is that the rotation is overloaded with right handed pitchers. Tom Glavine is the only lefty I can see that could make the rotation. An all right handed pitching staff isn’t exactly the best idea.
http://hardballblog.mlblogs.com/

Congrats on signing Lowe! I would have loved him back in Boston!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Congrats on signing Lowe, he’s a really great guy and I’m sure he’ll be a big “anchor” in your rotation. I also think he’ll have some great insight for your younger pitchers.
-Elizabeth
http://redsoxgirl46.mlblogs.com

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