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Derek Lowe Rumors: Thursday

1:15pm: SI.com's Jon Heyman says the Mets and Lowe remain far apart in negotiations.  Heyman sees the Angels, Phillies, and Brewers as other suitors aside from the Braves.

11:40pm: Mark Bowman notes that the Braves' meeting with Lowe was arranged before they lost Smoltz, but their interest has increased this week. Chipper Jones already made a pitch to Lowe.

10:45pm: Gordon Edes of Yahoo says the Braves have "zeroed in on Lowe" and have significant interest.  An Edes source adds that the Red Sox topped Atlanta's offer for Smoltz by "a couple million."

9:41am: Interesting line from Mike Puma of the New York Post: "Some believe the Nationals could be a suitor for Lowe."

8:45am: According to Tony Massarotti of the Boston Globe, Derek Lowe is scheduled to meet with the Braves today in Atlanta.  The apparent loss of John Smoltz to Boston stings, but Lowe would be a huge addition.

I am with J.C. Bradbury on the Smoltz thing.  While it will feel wrong to see him in any other uniform, $5.5MM guaranteed would've been risky for the Braves.


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