Lowe: Let’s turn page on winter controversy

Lake Buena Vista, Fla. — Derek Lowe was upset when the Braves tried to trade him this winter, but the veteran starting pitcher reiterated Saturday that it won’t have any affect on how he approaches the season.

“It is something that has come and gone,” Lowe said before the Braves’ first pitchers-and-catchers workout Saturday at Champion Stadium. “To continue to talk about the what-ifs and what happened and what you were thinking – it doesn’t really do us any good Feb. 20.”

The Braves tried to trade Lowe, but couldn’t find a suitor willing to pay most of $45 million he’s owed over the final three seasons of a four-year contract. He was 15-10 in 2009, but his 4.67 ERA and .301 opponents’ averages were among the worst in his career as a starter.

When they couldn’t trade Lowe, the Braves traded Javier Vazquez, who had a career-best season (15-10, 2.87 ERA) and one year at $11.5 million left on his contract. They needed to free up some payroll and open a rotation spot for Tim Hudson.

When rumors flew in November and December that Lowe might be traded, he told a reporter that if he’d known the Braves would try to move him one year into his contract, he never would have signed with them.

On Saturday, he said those comments stemmed from frustration, because he didn’t want to be traded to a team had no desire to pitch for.

“I think it’s a decision that was clearly made, that something had to happen,” Lowe said. “I was obviously involved. It didn’t happen. Javy ended up getting traded. And that’s really as far as we need to go….

“It’s part of the business. You also have to be happy where you are, too. Because you look at a lot of 36-year-olds – and I’ll be 37 this year – a lot of these guys are out of the game, you know?”…

“I think you maybe get caught up in the moment when it’s happening.”

7 comments Add your comment

Don B

February 20th, 2010
6:04 pm

Could I be first?

JP

February 20th, 2010
6:05 pm

Steve in Utah

February 20th, 2010
6:29 pm

Third — yeah let’s turn the page and concentrate on getting ready for 2010. I’m more concerned about JJ’s elbow than Lowe. Lowe’s a professional and I know he would want nothing more than to make a complete 180 this season.

The Bravos still have a better than decent rotation and I think they’ll be better offensively, although I wouldn’t mind seeing another move to get a better bat.

I’m more

Joshhh...

February 20th, 2010
7:03 pm

Fourth! Woo!

I think I’ll be picking up Lowe in my NL Only League

martha

February 20th, 2010
7:14 pm

Just read that Damon signed a 1 year deal with the Tigers. Thank goodness that’s over!

osama

February 21st, 2010
2:44 pm

Who’s going to be the opening day starter?

How does the rotation order fill out?
All I kno is Kenshin is the 5th starter.
Everyone else…?

Do we hav anyone in the system that has LHP starter potential?

Tater

February 21st, 2010
6:14 pm

Mike Minor–LH starting pitcher out of Vanderbilt. Somewhatt controversial #7 overall pick last darft.

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