The Phillies got a taste of Derek Lowe in the playoffs last season. Now, it looks as if they'll see plenty more of him this season as the Atlanta Braves have finalized a four-year, $60 million agreement with the veteran right-hander.
We'll look at the Braves potential rotation down below. First, though, it is now apparent why the Phillies never seemed to be serious players for Lowe, despite their interest in bringing the sinker-baller to the friendly confines of Citizens Bank Park. While Ruben Amaro might not be as rigid as his predecessor was when it comes to signing pitchers to long-term deals, Lowe didn't seem like the ideal candidate to break the "Three-years-or-under" philosophy the club has taken since Pat Gillick took the reigns, meaning the Braves will be paying $15 million a year to a pitcher who is close to turning 40.
That said, Lowe has never spent time on the disabled list and has started at least 32 games in each of the last seven seasons. Meanwhile, his ERA has been under 4.00 in each of the last four seasons.
While the Braves will be without some big names this season - Tim Hudson is sidelined with elbow surgery; John Smoltz and Mike Hampton have signed elsewhere - their rotation appears a lot deeper and more dependable this season.