Lowe and Braves Agree

By / January 13, 2009 / Hot Stove

Would you look at that?

The Atlanta Braves are coughing up $60 million for four-years to bring Derek Lowe to their team.

The Mets missed out. While they were willing to increase the dollar amount, they were not going to the four years mark. The Mets seem to want to stay in the three years area for whoever they sign.

You have to give credit to the Braves. This is a move they needed to make.

They missed out on AJ Burnett and Jake Peavy. John Smoltz moved to Boston. Tim Hudson will not be coming around until the second half of the season after elbow ligament-replacement surgery.

Could the Mets and Braves rivalry come back since the Braves, who swore up and down first base they were not interested in Lowe,  stole Lowe from them?

I love drama in baseball! Let the games begin.

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Ed Leyro

Boras wins. He actually got the average annual value pretty close to what he wanted for Lowe. I wonder if this’ll raise Ollie’s price tag significantly. Perhaps there could be a new rivalry developing between the Mets and Braves, but the Braves still need more improvement to contend for a division title.

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Ed Leyro

Just out of curiosity, I checked Lowe’s career stats against the Mets. Ready for this? In 13.1 innings pitched, his ERA is 8.78 and he’s allowed 30 baserunners (22 hits and 8 walks). I know it’s a small sample but I won’t be shaking when the Mets face him and the Braves.

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Nilvio

I am so happy right now. Met fans will be throwing a party and counting their blessings when they beat Lowe three times this year. And he also loses a couple games to the Phillies. People, lowe isn’t that good. Never really was. This is a guy who was demoted on the 04 team, The Red Sox didn’t move him to the bullpen because they thought he would help the team. He wasn’t doing a good job at starting pitching. The only reason he was in the game at Oakland in those playoffs. Was because Foulke kept blowing leads. Then he went to LA, and pitch in the NL west. Where he faced the Giants, Padres, and a young Arizona team. He pitched in the playoffs against the mets and wasn’t good. And couldn’t get a win against the Phils, even after having leads in both games. I am so happy!

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NYRNation.com

You honestly think Oliver Perez is gonna take less of a deal now at his age? He’s gonna want more than Lowe.

Oliver Perez is nothing but a whiney, inconsistent little boy which affects his play on the field and his life in the locker room. He was banished from Pittsburgh for a reason.

He will join the likes of Luis Castillo as a contract that the Mets will not be able to get rid of when they sign him for 4 years, $70 mill. Watch.

Thanks alot Omar for another terrible move on your behalf. You are starting to remind us more and more of Jim Duquette.

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NYRNation.com

BTW, whoever is speaking about Lowe’s #’s. Please look at his stats as a starting pitcher. Winning 21 games wasn’t a fluke as he has one 12+ on more than a few occasions. Lowe is a solid starting ground ball pitcher which is why teams crave him.

Not only that, he stays healthy every year. You’ll love him more when Oliver Perez’ ERA is 5.00+ by midseason.

Terrible.

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Nilvio

Yes, Lowe is a solid pitcher. But, you have to look at everything, not just his stats. Baseball is a game that has way too many stats. It is about stuff. Perez’s stuff is better than Lowe. Simple as that. He is a guy that gets swings and misses. He is a guy who has pitched well in September and October. Lowe is 36 and couldn’t get the job done last year. He pitched in a weak NL west. Lowe doesn’t impress me. The Braves will deal him next year. Does anyone think Pete Harnish was a solid pitcher? He has better numbers than Lowe. Now, who would sign Harnish at the age of 36? Baseball is always about stuff. Moneyball doesn’t work? Ask every team that has tried it. Red Sox don’t win the World Series if no Manny or Schilling.

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Ed Leyro

Before settling on Ollie, the Mets should at least consider Ben Sheets. Yes, he has an injury history. That’s his only negative. When he’s on the mound, he can dominate. He also gets swings and misses like Ollie can, but his control is superior to Ollie. Sheets usually ranks among the league leaders in walks per nine innings. He’s worth a look-see.

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NYRNYM4Life

I’d take a chance on Sheets but i want Ollie back. That’s the move Omar needs to make asap. As for Lowe..look i would have no problem had the Mets signed him, but at 60 million over four years !?! No way i’d pay him that if i were a GM. Lowe is at best a soild # 3 pitcher on a good staff, and the Braves are looking to make him there ace. You kidding me…lmao. That would mean he would go vs Santana or Hamels and so forth. I think we all know who’s the better pitchers with those matchups.

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