Derek Lowe Traded: Why the Cleveland Indians Made a Great Deal (10.31.11)

16 Nov

The Cleveland Indians may not have hit a home run today by acquiring pitcher Derek Lowe from the Atlanta Braves, as reported from MLB Trade Rumors and John Kreger, but I think they at least squeaked out a double.

Obviously, Lowe’s 9-17 record and 5.05 ERA (75 ERA+) in 2011 paints a pretty negative picture of the 38-year-old pitcher. There is cause for optimism, though. Lowe is a good pitcher that has been a key member of a World Series winner. He’ll bring some needed experience to a still young Tribe team.

Another plus is that, according to Buster Olney, the Braves will be paying $10 million of the $15 million Lowe is owed in 2012. Considering that the Indians are scheduled to pay Fausto Carmona $7 million for similar 2011 stats (7-15 record, 5.25 ERA), this seems like a good salary for the Tribe. Read More…

From Bleacher Report, October 31, 2011

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Posted by on November 16, 2012 in K. October 2011


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