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The Atlanta Braves are looking to add another bat, and they are reportedly trying to move the most expensive of their valuable array of arms in order to get it.
Derek Lowe is only 6-7 with a 4.37 ERA this season, but he is a big-game pitcher with plenty of postseason experience (mostly with the Red Sox) that many contenders would welcome to their staff.
The team that has shown the most outward interest in Lowe is the Detroit Tigers. Lowe is a Michigan native who could help stabilize a Tigers rotation that gets a bit shaky after Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer. The Tigers are currently one game back in the American League Central.
The main snag in this potential deal could be money. Lowe is owed $6 million for the rest of 2011 and $15 million for 2012. Part of the reason the Braves wish to move him is to free up cap space to fill other roster needs, so it isn't likely they would be willing to eat any of the necessary dough.
ESPN's Jerry Crasnick tweeted yesterday that the Tigers-Braves negotiations would likely stall over this matter. Still, the Braves' pitching is potent, and their need for another hitter is evident, with Dan Uggla and Jason Heyward having disappointing seasons and Chipper Jones on the mend from knee surgery.
They also currently have a solid five-game lead in the National League wild card race, so they have some freedom to work with.