The year’s most head-scratching headline

Via MLB Trade Rumors: Five Teams Interested In Derek Lowe Lowe sounds pretty delusional about his future. “I’ve heard the same thing from everyone,” said Lowe. “I want to be a starter and feel I have a lot left in being a regular starter in a rotation and making my 30-plus starts. I can still do that….

Bullshit artist at work

“Derek Lowe in the bullpen is a Lamborghini because he can do it all. He can pitch long, he can pitch in the seventh, eighth or ninth. This man is a Renaissance man.” —Scott Boras

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

D-Lowe traded to Cleveland … really

UPDATE: Indians beat writer Paul Hoynes says the Braves will pick up $10 million of Lowe’s $15 million salary. That gives FW another $5 million to play with this offseason — about $15 million in all. The Braves also receive southpaw Chris Jones, a low-level prospect. Great move! For a minor league pitcher, reports Jon…

Stop telling me Derek Lowe didn’t suck

It’s hard for me to take advanced statistical measurements seriously when sabermetricians keep insisting Derek Lowe wasn’t all that bad. Obviously, Lowe didn’t pitch anywhere nearly well enough to earn his $15 million dollar salary. But….he wasn’t nearly as awful as you might think. Sure, his ERA was 5.05, but his FIP was 3.70, and…

See ya, D-Lowe

#Braves GM Wren said he doesn’t project Lowe having spot in starting rotation. Trade or bullpen are options.

To quote Ralph from Ben Hill …

Get out of town, Derek Lowe, and take Fredi Haas with you! Neither has any business on a major league diamond. Larry Parrish, too.

The most revealing stat about Derek Lowe: 3

That’s the number of games this season in which Lowe has completed seven innings. He’s yet to see the 8th inning in 2011  and tonight marked the fourth time he failed to reach the 5th. If he’s Atlanta’s second-best starter, the Braves are screwed. That, I can quantify.    

Tigers interested in Lowe

Make it happen, FW. If Detroit takes Lowe off our hands we owe Dave Dombrowski a beer. And a shot for giving us JJ.

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….

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…

Yanks ask about Huddy; Braves counter with Lowe

DOB links to this report, so I’ll assume it has some credibility. In speaking to my Tampa sources, Brian Cashman continues to “burn up the phone lines” looking for pitching help. Yes, he did offer Kevin Millwood a minor league deal, but he was thinking bigger as he reached out to Atlanta and inquired about…

The Braves wouldn’t be playing Thursday without him

If you had told me a month ago that D-Lowe would be starting Game 1 of the NLDS, I would’ve gone Beau Bock on Bobby. But who’s complaining now? Lowe was named NL pitcher of the month, and deservedly so:5 wins in in 5 starts, 29 K’s, 3 BB in 30.2 innings pitched. Without him…

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,…

Open thread, 7.29, Braves vs. Ellis Valentines

I’ve become convinced that Derek Lowe is what he is — a modern-day Rick Mahler. Lowe’s average season, according to Baseball Reference: 11-9, 3.87 ERA, 171 IP, 172 HA, 50 BB and 111 K’s. Mahler’s? 10-11, 3.99 ERA, 200 IP, 212 HA, 62 BB and 98 K’s. Lowe’s slightly better, but $60 mil should get…

Inconsequential yet encouraging

The good: Four perfect innings from D. Lowe, who struck out six. The bad: Another 0-fer tonight for Corky, er, Nate McLouth. The usual: Jay Hey singled and walked, pushing his spring average to .450. I know, none of this counts, but would you rather be 0-11 like the Nats?

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…

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….