ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves and free agent right-hander Derek Lowe have agreed to a four-year deal worth $60 million on Tuesday, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Lowe, 35, is coming off a season in which he went 14-11 with a 3.24 ERA for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 34 starts. The deal gives Atlanta a much sought after ace pitcher to anchor a new look rotation which includes Javier Vazquez, recently signed Kenshin Kawakami and rookie stand-out Jair Jurrjens.
Just last Thursday, the Braves were believed to have suffered through a disastrous offseason in which they were unable to come to terms with free agents A.J. Burnett and Rafael Furcal, unable to complete a trade for Jake Peavy, and watched 21-year veteran John Smoltz depart in favor of joining the Boston Red Sox.
Atlanta will hold a press conference on Tuesday afternoon to formally introduce Kawakami and will formally announce the Lowe signing after the righty completes a routine physical on Wednesday.
Lowe, who has averaged 15 wins and 208 innings per season since 2002, brings durability and poise to an Atlanta rotation which was marred by injury in 2008. In a 12-year career, Lowe is 126-107 with a 3.75 ERA and 85 saves.
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