Braves Offer Four Years, Close To $60MM To Lowe

9:12am: ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick has a source saying Lowe is "leaning strongly toward signing with Atlanta."

7:34am: According to’s Jon Heyman, the Braves’ offer to Derek Lowe is close to $60MM over four years.  The two sides are in serious discussions.  Heyman says Lowe prefers the National League.  The reported offer seems fair; it’s difficult to see the Mets matching it.

The Mets could end up with another Boras client, Oliver Perez.  They’re at three years and $30MM for him.  Jerry Crasnick and Matthew Cerrone both wondered today if the Mets will get in on Ben Sheets.

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