Atlanta Braves Make Offer to Derek Lowe

Nate Myers@myers830Contributor IJanuary 13, 2009

The Atlanta Braves have made a 4 year/$60 million offer to free agent starting pitcher Derek Lowe, according to SI.com.  Lowe is the type A starting pitching free agent that can save the offseason for the Braves who, after losing John Smoltz, have taken a lot of criticism from fans (and that's putting it lightly).

Lowe has averaged over 208 innings pitched per season over the last seven years.  The Atlanta Braves are in good shape with the depth of their rotation this upcoming season with Jurrjens, Kawakami (pending a physical), and Vazquez.  If the attempts at getting Derek Lowe come to fruition, the starting rotation is looking good with the fifth spot being taken by Glavine, Hanson, Campillo, Morton, or Reyes.

The Braves have pushed incredibly hard at Lowe since the departure of long-time ace and fan favorite John Smoltz.  After having a meeting at Turner Field with Boras and Lowe for close to five hours, everyone seemed to come out of the meeting feeling good about the opportunities that could present themselves.

The Mets may decide to up their previous offer of 3 years/$36 million, but with the Mets currently making an offer to Oliver Perez, this seems very unlikely.

Lowe was 14-11 with a 3.24 ERA last season with the L.A. Dodgers.

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