Lowe dealt to Indians for minor league reliever
Braves General Manager Frank Wren said he did not see a way Derek Lowe would be part of his starting rotation next year. Now Wren can be satisfied that Lowe’s salary will no longer be a heavy burden on his 2012 payroll. Making a cost-cutting move that will aid the attempt to upgrade their offense, the Braves traded Lowe and cash considerations to the Indians on Monday in exchange for left-handed minor league reliever Chris Jones. The Indians have agreed to pay $5 million of the $15 million still owed the 38-year-old Lowe as he enters the final year of his contract. The newest Brave “Chris Jones” is coming off a 7-1 season in which he posted a 3.36 ERA. Jones will more than likely be starting the season with Triple A Gwinnett, but he will get a chance to prove himself in spring training. After the season came to an end, rumors were flying around about Lowe’s future with the team. After coming off the worst season of his career, it was obvious that the Braves were ready for a youth movement. With Lowe being gone, this leaves a spot open in the starting rotation. Julio Terhan, Kris Medlen, Randal Delgado and Mike Minor are the leading candidates to land the job. This is one of the biggest questions heading into the off-season. Who will win the starting job? Let me know who you want to see in the starting rotation next season.