The case for trading Derek Lowe

Red suits D-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.

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5 Comments on The case for trading Derek Lowe

  1. PepeFreeUs // June 25, 2011 at 11:27 pm //

    If they take that contract in full, I’d give him up for a box of Milk Duds.

    With my goddamn luck, he’d win game 7 of the Series over us for the Yankees.

  2. Jack Straw // June 26, 2011 at 8:23 am //

    You are right, given his contract.
    But when Hanson will be back, and how effective will he be? Lowe is an expensive insurance policy that some other team can better afford.

  3. I think I’m jumping on that wagon now. Assuming Hanson’s healthy and Minor continues to impress, Lowe is expendable.

  4. Hanson’s pitching Tuesday. His side sessions have gone splendidly — no pain.

  5. roadrunner // June 26, 2011 at 7:26 pm //

    Getting rid of Lowe this season would involve replacing him with young pitchers who aren’t experienced in pitching 150+ innings. It’s better to keep him this year to save those arms.

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