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.”