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BREAKING NEWS: Indians Acquire Derek Lowe

| On 31, Oct 2011

By Tschanen Brandyberry

Just more than an hour after officially announcing they were picking up Fausto Carmona’s option, the Cleveland Indians reportedly are adding to their rotation by trading for Atlanta Brave starter Derek Lowe.

ESPN’s Buster Olney has confirmed the trade, and told ESPN Cleveland off air before the end of today’s The Really Big Show. It is believed the Indians are trading A-level left handed relief pitcher, Chris Jones.

Lowe will be a fourth or fifth starter for the Indians, a cheap option for someone who can provide a desperately needed veteran presence. He is in the final year of a four-year deal signed in 2009, and will make $15 million in 2012. According to Olney, the Braves will pick up $10 million of Lowe’s 2012 salary.

Lowe is 38, who was 9-17 and posted a 5.05 ERA in 2011. However, his September ERA in the midst of the Braves’ record collapse was 8.75. Lowe struggled in 2011, but in 2010, he was 16-12, with a 4.00.

With the Indians declining Grady Sizemore’s $9 million option this morning, the money is there for the $5 million they’ll owe Lowe. For a rotation of young players not experienced in the post-season, the move could give the Indians the leadership they need on the mound.

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