Name that Brave

@mlbbowman Mark Bowman   Texted a #Braves player to tell him Lowe had been traded to Indians. His reply, “For? A couple visits to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?” 2 minutes ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

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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. […]

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An ace at last?

It  took nearly two seasons, but since last September (when he won five starts with a 1.17 ERA), Derek Lowe is pitching like the ace he was signed to be. Lowe tossed four scoreless today against the Cards and has yet to give up an earned run this spring. His strikeouts are also on the […]

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Back to the rotation for KK?

Soul Brother No. 11 may be back in the Braves’ rotation. He was recalled Monday as a precaution in case Derek Lowe is hurt. Kawakami hasn’t shown much at Gwinnett, allowing 26 hits in 21 IP. But the dude seems to pitch to the competition, so maybe a pennant race will bring out his best. Unfortunately, […]

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A realistic Lowe trade proposal

Baltimore reportedly has interest, though I’m not so naive to think we could get their promising young LF Nolan Reimold, a right-handed slugger, in return. His back-up may be another story. And Felix Pie is younger with a higher upside. The former Cubs prospect put together a fine second half for the O’s, batting .290 […]

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Closers cheap, starters pricey

Anyone read anything on this? Gonzo and Soriano are bargains and starters like Lackey — a good pitcher but more in the Lowe of a couple years ago mold than an unquestioned No. 1 — are fetching major dollars. I don’t have much of a theory, other than that reliable starters are scarcer than good-not-great relievers. […]

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