ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick has Derek Lowe “leaning strongly” towards signing with Atlanta.
I know four years is a long contract for a 35 year-old, but he’s young blood compared to Smoltz and Glavine. I know $60M is a lot of money, but $15M a year is around what Mike Hampton was making, so we’re used to that kind of chunk of change going to a pitcher, and his track record suggests better health than Hampton. Derek Lowe is a better bet to put up at least a couple of healthy, above average seasons than a lot of guys who have already signed this year, and if having him means overpaying him a bit, I’m cool with that.
OK, I’ll admit it: this is not really hardcore analysis. In fact, it’s defensive and emotional analysis, not unlike that which guys engage in when trying to rationalize the erratic behavior of their crazy girlfriends. But the Braves are my crazy girlfriend, dammit, and I love her.