He’s been mediocre at best, and he’s not eating innings. Reinforcements are ready. Minor looked sharp his last time out, Teheran has been dominant since returning to Gwinnett (4-0, 1.00 ERA, 0.61 WHIP in June) and Kris Medlen might be ready by mid-August.
Lowe is clutch when it counts, Shane Reynolds the rest of the time. If the playoffs began tomorrow, would he even get a start? Over JJ, Hanson, Huddy, Beachy? I doubt it. He’s a fifth starter who makes more than the rest of the rotation COMBINED.
And there’s 2012 to consider. I wouldn’t classify his contract as an albatross, but it’s close. Do you relish the idea of entering next season with Lowe and Uggla as the Braves’ highest-paid players?
Despite his middling performance, a market exists The Yankees, Boston and Texas need a starter and they can swallow his contract. I wouldn’t require much, if anything, in return. A Jed Lowrie-type would suffice.
Fifteen million can buy you a solid bat or two — if not now, next year. Why blow the chance to fix a long-standing deficiency at minimal expense? There’s unlikely to be another such opportunity.