MLB Trade Rumors: Braves To Yankees Trade Reaches All New Lowe

Kate Conroy@@ladylovespinsSenior Analyst IIMay 5, 2011

ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 10: Derek Lowe #32 of the Atlanta Braves pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies at Turner Field on April 10, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Phillies won 3-0. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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It is no secret that the New York Yankees have been on a pitching crusade after losing both Cliff Lee and Andy Pettitte this past offseason.  GM Brian Cashman made a lot of heavily criticized moves that seemed desperate at the time but have actually been the savior and reason behind the Yankees hot start. 

Regardless, the Yankees are not going to pass on trading for a possible ace if one is available, and again, we have Cashman to thank for that.

Cashman has built the Yankees farm system from the ground up. It also happens to be loaded in all the right places with multiple young catchers who coveted right behind lefty arms in ranking order of value.

So the watch is on for teams, who by beginning of July, can afford to trade a top arm to fulfill either immediate needs to contend or looking to build towards the future.

The 28 (Red Sox not included) other teams are well aware of the talent the Yankees possess in the minors but it will take an ace to get Cashman to budge.

The recent speculation is that Brett Gardner could be a possibility but I wouldn’t bet on it. Gardner has had a rough first month, but his struggles seem to be going away now anyway and once he starts stealing bases again this idea will get squashed.


This brings me to the Atlanta Braves, who currently sit at 15-15, and this team cannot afford to watch the Phillies and Marlins surge while they sit dead and stale playing .500 baseball.

Pitching is not the issue, as the Braves retain one of the prime rotations in baseball, with Tim Hudson, Tommy Hanson, Derek Lowe, Jair Jurrjens and Brandon Beachy.

Problem is the lack of bats has been costing the team wins.

Luckily Atlanta has viable backup arms down in the minors that are major league-ready and serviceable at the back end of their rotation. This gives Atlanta some wiggle room to get a much-needed big bat to get their lineup, which consists of Dan Uggla and Chipper Jones hitting.

Newsday’s Ken Davidoff ‘s recent article reminded me of the fact that Lowe had been on Yankees GM Brian Cashman’s radar for sometime; as Cashman almost inked Lowe before the 2009 season but instead went with AJ Burnett.

Lowe was recently busted on April 29th for a DUI; as Georgia State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright stated, last Thursday night, Lowe was racing his Porsche down a residential street in the tony Atlanta neighborhood of Buckhead and refused to take a breathalyzer at the scene.

So, the 37-year-old Lowe now has legal woes to deal with, but he still made his scheduled start 48 hours after his arrest on May 1st.

Davidoff seems convinced a Yankees and Braves Lowe-trade could be likely down the road. While I entirely agree with Davidoff about Atlanta getting rid of Lowe for a sustainable bat; I don’t believe the Yankees will be the team on the other end of the deal.

The Yankees will want to use one of the young catchers as a big piece to any trade. This is not a position that the Braves lack in with four-time Silver Slugger and five-time All-Star Brian McCann. McCann just turned 27-years-old and he posts 24 homers and 100 RBI as his career average per season.

If Atlanta is going to part with Lowe, his recent off-the-field stuff does put a damper on his value because it is completely reckless at his age and after 15-seasons in the bigs.

Lowe’s behavior is by no means ever acceptable no matter whom or how old any person is. Racing down a residential street, drunk at 10pm is so reckless considering Lowe is a husband, dad and veteran pitcher that guys look up too. It makes you wonder what the heck is going on with this guy mentally. Look, I am all for having fun and having some drinks, but as you get older, the idiotic stuff just isn’t cool, this is coming from years of personal experience.

This is why Lowe could be a potential liability that might not be worth the risk. Contemplating what I think the Braves will be asking in return, which will probably be a lot and too much that this could be the one-step-too-far that Cashman takes after his widely hailed and successful offseason.

Cashman’s luck will run out as that is a part of life, but a trade like this might make it happen before it needs too.

First, any team will have to see what Lowe’s legal ramifications will be and how much this affects his production over the next two months or if he misses any games. Lowe did make a public statement and a private apology to his teammates. This was Lowe’s first DUI incident with the law ever…so that probably translates into his first time getting caught would be my guess.

No doubt when Lowe’s sinker ball is on, he is an ace, who has consistently made 33-plus starts and pitched around 200 innings, give or take for the last nine seasons straight. Lowe has been Atlanta’s Opening Day starter the last three seasons. Update:

For the next two months I will continue to address genuine Yankees Trade Rumors because with Phil Hughes not looking to be back anytime soon and CC’s recent struggles, it is only lighting fuel under Cashman’s behind to render the situation pre-All-Star Break/Trade Deadline.

Please email me HERE about any trade noise you might have heard, or want to start…and I promise to give you my honest opinion that I stand behind firmly.


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