Originally written on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 10/24/14
The first trade of the hot stove season! It was announced today that the Cleveland Indians have acquired right-handed veteran sinkerballer Derek Lowe from the Atlanta Braves. The Braves will cover $10M of the $15 million on Lowe’s 2012 contract. This move represents salary relief for the Braves and an excellent buy-low for the Indians. Lowe’s time in Atlanta wasn’t exactly filled with great memories (our own Joe Lucia reacted with a  "glory, glory hallejulah"). Then again, Lowe’s extreme ground ball rates have not regressed much and he has posted xFIPs of 3.54 and 3.56 over the last two seasons. He also fell victim to a .327 BABIP last season. That rise in BABIP came with very little change in his batted ball data. Lowe is 38 years old and will turn 39 on June 1st of 2012, so it’s very unlikely that his stuff simply gets better. He’s also moving from the NL to the AL, which is always seems to affect pitchers in a negative way. That being said, he could certainly turn his...

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