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The Atlanta Braves sent Derek Lowe to the Cleveland Indians over the offseason, largely to free up money, as Lowe was set to make $15 million in 2012, the final season of a four-year, $60 million deal he signed prior to the 2009 season.
Lowe is 7-3 with a 3.06 ERA for the Indians after going just 9-17 with a 5.05 ERA for the Braves in 2011, and Lowe is leading the American League in fewest home runs allowed (0.4) per nine innings.
However, Lowe is at just 2.7 strikeouts per nine innings, by far the lowest of his career, and although he is a ground-ball sinker pitcher who pitches to contract, that is still a scarily low total.
Projected Contract: Two Years, $18 Million