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You likely know enough about Derek Lowe.
Lowe was traded to the Tribe and Cleveland is only obligated to pay a third of his $15 million contract in 2012. He was also the first move of the offseason.
Basically, Atlanta had a surplus of young, affordable, talented starting pitchers. Lowe was the least young, most expensive, and frankly, least talented, so they shipped him to Cleveland for a bit of salary relief.
Despite that, Lowe can still be a positive contributor to the Indians because he brings grit, experience, a certain "clutch" gene to pitch in big games. Most appealing, he fits the Indians' ground ball sponsored pitching staff. Lowe is the exact mediocre, generic pitcher that Cleveland was looking for.
Though he led the league in losses last season and the tone of this page is about as dark as the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, there are some good things to come from the Lowe trade.
He's a ground ball pitcher, he has postseason experience, he comes cheap at $5 million on a one-year deal, and he doesn't have the pressure of being a frontline starter like he was once deemed. If he can get back to his form of 2010, he'll be just what GM Chris Antonetti ordered.
Best Case Scenario: Lowe comes back to the American League and takes a swig from the fountain of youth, regaining his control and stuff that made him a great pitcher in the past. He wins close to 15 games, is a vocal leader in the rotation, and makes 34 starts with 200 innings pitched. He is 39, but he's been a workhorse ever since he became a full time starter in 2002 (also the season he threw a no-hitter for the Red Sox). Lowe could capture a high 3, low 4 ERA if all goes right and his defense plays exceptional (which is a big wildcard with the "UZR-inefficient" infield).