Highs and Lowes, Braves Bolster Starting Rotation

Matt FanningCorrespondent IJanuary 13, 2009

The Atlanta Braves finally found the top of the rotation starter they've been looking for today.  The Braves signed starter Derek Lowe to a four year, 60 million dollar deal.

Although Lowe isn't your typical number one starter, he does provide the stability Atlanta has been looking for in a pitcher.  After a year in which Tim Hudson, John Smotlz, Tom Glavine, and Mike Hampton were sidelined because of injury, Lowe looks like a savior.  Hes a 200 IP guy with an ERA that should hover between 3.40 through 3.80.  He and Javier Vazquez provide Atlanta with the durability they've been looking for.

Although no one has seen much of Kenshin Kawakami, the 2009 Atlanta pitching staff is looking pretty formidable.  With Lowe and Jurrjens in front, Vazquez and Kawakami in the middle, and Jorge Campillo bringing up the rear, the Braves might be reminded of those days where pitching was a fine spectacle in the A Town. 

Furthermore, the possibility of Hudson coming back during the late summer months makes the taste in their mouths even more sweet.  If Tim Hudson is able to return at some point during the season and the Braves are still within contention, you better believe Wren's gonna be pulling a few strings before the deadline is up.

In an offseason that been one to forget for Frank Wren and Braves fans everywhere, this move sure feels nice.