5 Potential Trades for the Atlanta Braves to Move Derek Lowe

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5 Potential Trades for the Atlanta Braves to Move Derek Lowe
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Derek Lowe may have pitched his final game as a Brave.

The recent announcement by the Braves that Derek Lowe will not be a starting pitcher in 2012 means only one thing, that Frank Wren is going to try to trade the high-priced veteran.

Lowe, who has one year and $15 million left on his contract, is too expensive for a club like the Braves to just release. He's also not going to get moved back into a late-inning relief role due to the presence of Craig Kimbrel, Jonny Venters, and Eric O'Flaherty, and is too expensive for a middle relief role.

A trade could get the Braves a useful bat to help a lineup that was anemic in September, although due to Lowe's contract they would likely either have to pay some of his salary or acquire a hitter with an equally bad deal. This article looks at five potential suitors for Lowe and what they can send back to Atlanta after studying which hitters have bad contracts.

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