Braves Not Interested In Trading Lowe

The Braves have no interest in trading Derek Lowe, according to's Buster Olney (on Twitter). Despite some speculation that the Braves' starting pitching surplus could make Lowe available, the Braves aren't looking to deal the right-hander.

Brandon Beachy is now on the disabled list, so the Braves are calling on top prospect Julio Teheran to make his second career start Wednesday, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionTim Hudson, Tommy Hanson and Jair Jurrjens round out the Major League rotation, which has been tremendous. Braves starters are among the MLB leaders across the leaderboard.

With Teheran, Mike Minor and Rodrigo Lopez in the minor leagues, the Braves have the depth to make a deal. However, they prefer to keep Lowe, who has a 3.73 ERA with 8.4 K/9, 3.0 BB/9 and a 56.9% ground ball rate through 50 2/3 innings.

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  1. austinhb 4 years ago

     Makes sense, especially with all the injurys since Lowe has never been on the DL and has a lot of Postseason experience, this might mean JJ/Beachy/Minor might eventually be trade bait

    • JJ isn’t going anywhere.  My guess is Minor would most likely be the man on the trading block.  I would only do it for an “A” center fielder though.  Pitching is still the most precious commodity in baseball.

      • austinhb 4 years ago

        Well i would agree with you from a fan side, but from a business side they might be thinking differently, JJ is at an all time high in value and has 2 years left, but Boras as an agent. 

  2. JacksTigers 4 years ago

    I know that it’s not related to the Braves, but it needs to be said. Harmon Killebrew has decided to end his fight with cancer. I’d like people to send their prayers to him and his family as he is placed on Hospice. My Uncle Joe [Nossek] used to play with him and I have heard some great stories about the year they went to the World Series together with the Twins. I will be praying for him as I hope everyone else will do as well. 

    • Slopeboy 4 years ago

       I mentioned it on another thread the other day when it was revealed that he was entering the hospice. I’m old enough to remember when ‘Killer’ played in the outfield in Metropolitan Stadium, then went to 3B briefly and finally to 1B. He was always  quiet, humble and truly a great player. Often overshadowed by more visable players, who often came and went but never outplayed. Always let his play do his talking.

         May the Lord permit him to not suffer.

  3. Is there any particular reason why they’re so quick to go with Teheran instead of Minor?

  4. jason call 4 years ago

     braves will trade one or TWO starters in the offseason and NONE during the season (unless it’s lopez).

    • Jason,  they might trade one of their young guys.  You won’t see Lowe go anywhere though.  If they can upgrade center field with a quality speedy guy, they may send Minor somewhere.

  5. goldenglove002 4 years ago

     Could have a lot to do with the fact that the Braves really have no needs that need to be filled right now that he could be swapped for. Really, what are you going to trade Lowe for? McLouth has been doing well, Freeman and Uggla are safe, Gonzalez has been a beast with the glove, McCann, Prado, Heyward and Chipper (assuming no injuries takes him out for a long time) are not going anywhere. 

    Are you going to trade Lowe for a reliever or bench player? I don’t think so. And they aren’t going to get an impact prospect for him with his salary.

    • LioneeR 4 years ago

      Only reason would be if Chipper has to stay down long term.  Then the Braves would be in need of a LF or 3B. 

  6. Matt Galvin 4 years ago

    Greg Hall, KC writer is reporting that Paul “Split” is not expected to make it by weeks end! Throat cancer! For a starting Postion Player?

  7. jason call 4 years ago

    i think at this point they want minor to come up for good and not a spot start. 

  8. muskyfish 4 years ago

    The only reason this even had legs in the first place was because it would be a perfect fit for a trade with the Yankees….. for the Yankees of course. In reality it makes no sense to trade him unless Atlanta falls into a deep rut and thinks the better gamble is to get a few rock solid hitting prospects. That’s the only area where they are definitely lacking. But you don’t give up a veteran arm who knows the postseason, nor do you strengthen your possible playoff foes if you don’t absolutely have to. 

  9. can’t believe the braves are gonna pay him $15MM next year with the cheaper pitching depth they have. i still say he’ll be traded before next season.

  10. I think they should really consider trading Lowe NOW because right now his stock is very high due to his good numbers thus far. His numbers will more than likely get worse and Lowe’s worth in a trade will decrease. How about getting Brett Gardner from the Yankees?

    • bobrewer 4 years ago

      Then what do the Braves do with Brett Gardner? 

      • Put him in CF? Or LF if Chipper’s out for a stretch. McLouth may be doing decently with the bat, but his defense is some of the worst in the game. And it’s not like Gardner would be a rental….

        With that said, the Yankees wouldn’t do it unless they were really desperate and the same goes for the Braves. They WILL NOT stick two rookies in that rotation down the stretch unless injuries pile up.

      • play him in left when chipper is out and Prado is playing third, pinch runner, pinch hitter,  and make him our future center fielder… unless mcClouth has a huge year and we take on his option

  11. Triple Hawpes Brewed 4 years ago

    I wonder if the Mariners would part with Franklin Gutierrez for some minor leaguers? We could use the depth, and his D is stellar.

  12. quadbravesfan 4 years ago

    Reyes for Delgado and a few other guys (Clemens, Etc) seems do-able.  Gonzo would be a perfect utility guy.  Get the two picks at the end of the yr if nothing else.

    • NL_East_Rivalry 4 years ago

      Delgado is worth more than Reyes right now. Reyes for Minor is the closest the Mets could get. 

      • bobrewer 4 years ago

        Given Reyes’ salary, I wouldn’t do Minor for Reyes straight up. We honestly don’t need Reyes when we have AGon on the cheap, and I’d say most are happy with his production considering his $2.5MM price tag. We could more wisely spend our money elsewhere. 

        • NL_East_Rivalry 4 years ago

          The money could be a problem, but I doubt it would deter the Braves. Since Braves don’t have a position for Reyes, the trade probably wouldn’t happen unless there was an injury. Christian + Brent for Span + Kubel would be an interesting idea. Not sure how many years are on the Twins contracts, so Braves can give them more pieces if need be. 

      • I’m pretty sure Minor is rated higher than Delgado right now, at least by most of the stuff I read.

        Not many are going to agree, but I’ve seen at least two starts by Teheran, Minor, Delgado, and Vizcaino and I can say without hesitation that Vizcaino has the best stuff out of the 4. His only issue is with composure and health. Stuff-wise, he’s as good as any pitching prospect I’ve seen(no, I didn’t get to see Strasburg before his MLB debut).

  13.  dont forget medlen comes back in august

    •  LOL, keep hearing this, and it’s brutally false.

      Tim Hudson made it back from TJ at nearly record pace, and it was still 13 months (surgery Aug 2, first MLB start Sept. 1) between his surgery and his first major league start.

      Medlen’s surgery was two weeks later into the season (Aug 16) than Hudson’s, so one has to think he won’t be around until mid-September at the very earliest.

      Medlen will be back next season, most likely.


      • As all the talk in this post is about starting pitching you are right -C, but the reason Hudson took a month to get ready was they had to stretch him out to start. My guess is we do see Medlen this year, but probably as a reliever.  He could get ready for that in probably half the time. Probably see him when the rosters expand.

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