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Derek Lowe Trade Rumors: Are the Detroit Tigers in His Future?

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 31:  Starting pitcher Derek Lowe #32 of the Atlanta Braves reacts during the game against the Washington Nationals during the third inning on opening day at Nationals Park on March 31, 2011 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Jake KarmelCorrespondent IIJuly 18, 2011

Derek Lowe is the latest name being mentioned as a trade candidate from the Atlanta Braves, Danny Knobler of CBS Sports reports.

Where Lowe will end up is the question on many people's minds.

Lowe, a native of Dearborn, Michigan, could be heading to his home state by season's end to play for the Tigers.

Lowe has been asked about the possibility of being traded and he concedes that being traded is more than likely going to happen.

According to Yahoo! Sports, Lowe says, "People say we may need a hitter and we have a lot of pitching and I make money. So it's kind of obvious why you're named. And we have a lot of good young pitchers."

Lowe has had a good 2011 on an under-performing Braves team. He has posted a 5-7 record with an ERA over 4.00.

The Braves don't have a hitter that they are willing to shop around or can shop around. Dan Uggla is struggling at the plate and Chipper Jones is aging and injured. So the next likely person to shop is a pitcher and everyone knows the Braves hoard pitching.

The Detroit Tigers are the most likely suitor for Lowe. They are looking to upgrade their staff as they are only a half-game behind the Cleveland Indians for the AL Central crown.

Many people say the only thing missing from the Tigers is a stud pitcher to back up Justin Verlander. Derek Lowe could be that guy. Lowe is a solid pitcher and other than some off the field issues (his DUI arrest), he is a very solid ball player.

Lowe has historically pitched well in the AL. His last AL team was the Boston Red Sox where as a starter from 2002 to 2004 he compiled a very impressive 52-27 record with an ERA just over 4.00. Who can forget about his 40-save season he had with the club in 2000.

Lowe has historically pitched very well in the AL and could be on the move before the deadline is up.  

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