The case for trading Derek Lowe
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.