If Lowe’s hurting, he’s not saying

If Derek Lowe was pitching hurt Sunday, he wasn’t going to say so or use it as an excuse after his poor performance against the Marlins.

After lasting a season-low three innings and gave up six hits, five runs and three walks, Lowe said that he had a hard time gripping the ball properly, but wouldn’t elaborate when asked about a possible reason.

The veteran right-hander shook his hand to his side at least twice between pitches, as if trying to loosen it. Afterward, he seemed uncomfortable when a reporter asked whether he had soreness or tightness.

“I don’t know,” said Lowe, who has always taken a lot of pride in being durable and making every start. “I’m not good at this [discussing health issues]. I don’t know what to say.”

Asked again what was wrong Sunday, if there was a physical reason for his problems, he said, “Nothing. I just didn’t have good command. Bad pitching.”

Lowe left trailing 5-1, but the Braves rallied with six runs in the last two innings for a 7-6 win. Lowe got no decision and is 2-7 with a 4.24 ERA in his past 13 starts, including 10 Braves losses.

“He just couldn’t locate,” manager Bobby Cox said. “He walked the leadoff hitter to start the ballgame.”

Lowe walked Emilio Bonifacio to start the game, then allowed a Logan Morrison single before Hanley Ramirez’s three-run homer with none out. Ramirez later left with light-headedness.

The Braves have scored one or no runs while Lowe has been in seven of his past 13 games, but on Sunday it was all on him — he put the team in a hole early.

Cristhian [Martinez] did an unbelievable job of keeping us in the game, and we found a way to win,” Lowe said of the reliever who held the Marlins to two hits and one run over four innings.

Lowe wouldn’t say whether there were any plans for him to be examined. Cox, asked about Lowe shaking his arm or hand to loosen it, said, “I don’t know. He shakes his hand a lot.”

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Nick

August 29th, 2010
8:46 pm

LuisG - Win-it-4Bobby-n-Chipper

August 29th, 2010
8:54 pm

Has he been hurt since 2009?

Marc in FL

August 29th, 2010
8:54 pm

Is it possible he just isn’t that good? I mean, I don’t know who thought he was an ace when we origonally signed him.

Milt Famey

August 29th, 2010
9:01 pm

This isn’t football. If he couldn’t pitch,he should have said so. The Braves could have spot started Martinez or possibly have recalled Minor if D Lowe needs to go on the DL

NorthEast Alabama Braves fan

August 29th, 2010
9:02 pm

Real NICE. Pitch hurt and give up another 6 runs because you are too proud to admit you’re hurt

justin1

August 29th, 2010
9:12 pm

Who REALLY has any confidence when Lowe takes the mound anyway?! This guy has just been skating by the last 2 years still somehow in the rotation. Obviously theyre not going to put Lowe in the pen, but damn. This is getting ugly. Bring up Brandon Beachy and let Lowe do some thinking. And from what Ive gathered from reading interviews and things like that, even the players subtley comment on his laziness.

space monkey

August 29th, 2010
9:16 pm

He’s not hurt. He’s just lousy. Has he ever pitched a good game for the Braves? He was supposed to be an Ace. On a team like the Yankees, one with resources and money, he wouldn’t make the roster. But we’re stuck with him because we bought the hype. I would rather see Kawakami in this spot than Lowe. At least he tries.

LAG

August 29th, 2010
9:27 pm

“Has he ever pitched a good game for the Braves?”

You must be new to the team. Lowe’s had a pretty good August (3 ER or fewer in four of his six starts).

GovClintonTyree

August 29th, 2010
9:34 pm

I don’t think he’s hurt. I think his armslot has drifted down again to where everything is flat. He had the arm up higher when he was going good. Or, as Lowe himself put it, “If you’re six foot six, you don’t want to pitch like you’re five foot ten.”

He needs to look at the tape.

And, with regard to “mixing it up”, what’s he got to mix? An 88 mph sinker and a 78 mph slider? He’s a pitch short.

Largo

August 29th, 2010
9:40 pm

Lowe is getting 15M for being a has been. But, Wren offered it and so can’t blame Lowe for accepting it. But, he really does look bad anymore and we got him for one more year.

Lowe

August 29th, 2010
9:40 pm

He looked terrible today and I don’t think he was ever (on any team) the number 1 starter. That being said he’s pitched good for this team, not lights out but good. He’s definitely not worth the 16 million or whatever he’s being paid per year. He’s more of a 6-8 million per year pitcher. My only worry about him at this point is if the Braves make the playoffs, Bobby is going to wheel Lowe on out there in front of a guy like JJ or even Minor and I don’t like that. I like the way Hudson, JJ and Minor (and Medlen) all go after the batters. They don’t lay back they throw they’re best out there and dare the hitters to put a good swing on it. Lowe and Hanson (this year) seems to try to make perfect pitches and it never works very good. They should be just going after the hitters challenging them; it’s almost as if they respect the hitters too much. Like today with Lowe walking Bonifacio, come dude he’s speed demon not a homerun hitter pitch to him.

BTW when Tommy Hanson is on he’s got just nasty stuff it just seems his confidence isn’t completely there this season which is forcing him to think he needs to make a perfect pitch each time he throws.

rico43

August 29th, 2010
9:53 pm

Bobby has never been forthcoming about injuries that are not obvious and there’s no one in the media (or front office, probably) that’s gonna make him do it know. If something’s wrong with Lowe, no one will know unless and until he goes onto the disabled list or he comes clean himself.

Ward

August 29th, 2010
10:18 pm

1. Rest Lowe and pitch someone in his turn—had a great opportunity today to use Minor but he was in AA; 2. Play Matt Diaz against every pitcher-he has to be better than Ankiel-especially against Marlins; 3.Bobby may love the arm in centerfield but the “arm” still has to bat; and 4. interesting how well Hinski has done filling in for the new trade who has struggled…kind of fortunate new guy hurt his side wasn’t it? Go Braves………keeps getting tougher everytime Lowe’s starts get messy. Somehow Hanson needs to start in the 3rd inning each ’start”…

jonnycash

August 29th, 2010
11:01 pm

Lowe is consistently giving up runs early inning and we are playing catchup. He is not a 1 pitcher more like a 3 or 4. But they will continue to start him because of that money. Ouch!! 15 million. How do we get rid of him? We are stuck. He reminds me of Glavine in the arly innings.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

August 29th, 2010
11:33 pm

Phillies starters are strong and Brave’s starters appear tired.

peter nincompoop

August 30th, 2010
12:25 am

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Stone

August 30th, 2010
12:37 am

Lowe is a class act. Not a No. 1,2,or 3 but a great guy & a great fit for the Braves. Maybe when DOB takes his time offhe can be the #

Stone

August 30th, 2010
12:38 am

1 starter,… I was trying to say. love ya Dave!

3DawgKnight

August 30th, 2010
12:54 am

Wasn’t he throwing sidearm this afternoon?

I thought he was trying to get a more downward arm angle?

Smiling Jack

August 30th, 2010
2:16 am

Go ahead, kick a dog when he’s down! Pick him a part, but Lowe will keep on going to the mound and eating up innings. Doubt that any of us know the real inside scoop, just observations and opinions, but it’s pretty amazing to me that Bobby Cox keeps on willing with the players on this roster. Maybe they’re not so great, but they just keep on trying and bring it. Go Braves!!!!

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August 30th, 2010
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chuck

August 30th, 2010
6:48 am

Sorry, Largo, but we got him for two more years, buddy….

Last year, aside from 7 horrific starts, the remainder were a 3.15 ERA…this year, he has been a shell of last year’s form….

I agree, he was a knee jerk sign to battle against the bad PR generated by not signing Smoltz, and opting to release Glavine….we had money to spend and the market was thread-bare…..i can almost understand this signing, even in hindsight…the one i can’t justify is KK…we have $22MM of an $85MM (after D Lee) payroll locked into these two pieces of dead weight that nobody will trade for without a gigantic subsidy involved.

And the Phillies start Halladay today….roll out another $15MM pitcher…

braveindc

August 30th, 2010
7:30 am

actually minor was at the ballfield yesterday and on the 25 man roster, so he could have filled in.

BBUA

August 30th, 2010
8:09 am

Lowe is not worth the salary he is being paid but he has contributed to the team this year. He is has eaten up innings and kept the braves in most games he has started. If he had decent run support the won lost record would be better. He is not a # 1 starter, more like a # 3 or # 4. Apparently most of you have short memories, our starting staff the previous year was horrible, Peavy refused a trade to the braves and Burnett chose to sign with the yankees. Lowe was the best available starter on the market and was being pursued hard by the Mets. I remember braves fans telling Wrenn to sign Lowe ASAP.

We signed Lowe to help anchor the staff, not sure he was expected to be a # 1 (actually there are few true # 1 starters in the majors). Javier was picked up in a trade with the white sox and we then signed KK. Our starting was completely redone and it was done out of necessity. Is he worth the $ 15,000, no but there are a lot of players not worth their salary.

Lowe has contributed to this team and needs to reckognized not bashed.

RM

August 30th, 2010
8:21 am

It appears that PR is the most important piece of being the Braves GM to Mr. Wren. The fans would like results, not smoke and mirrors. Take a moment and google Wren’s transactions since he was hired in 07. There have been a few decent deals but the majority have not been productive. We can’t blame Wren for the Texas snafu but we can blame him for dumping Teixeira on the Angels. Letting him walk at seasons end would have given us a first round and comp pick. Look at the draft and see who could have been wearing an A on their hat. Losing a first rounder to sign Glavine. All PR. Remember all the talk this past winter of the compensation the Braves would receive by letting Gonzo and Soriano walk? That backfired. Even though Wags has had a good year would it have been so bad to re-up last years closers instead of rushing in to get Wags and Saito? Granted Gonzo has been hurt this year but Soriano has blown 2 saves. He’s been lights out. Money wasn’t a factor, the PR of the signing was. I won’t comment on how lousy these last 2 deals have turned out. Lee has had a great career but when you hear a player is hurt, we’re talking his back folks, not a hammy, a red flag should pop up.
Developing young players in the minors is what makes a winning program. The Rays, Marlins, and Angels are examples. Giving up first rounders each off season isn’t the way to go. Too bad this isn’t how Wren views it. Just look how well he did in Balt.
And by the way would someone please let Cox know Venters is a rookie and doesn’t need to appear in 90 games this year?? I remember when Stanton was a rookie. Lights out. Cox over worked him, he developed arm issues the next year and was never the same. He had a good career but not what it may have been.

njbraves

August 30th, 2010
8:40 am

He’s not hurt, he just sucks. It’s really that simple. It was a terrible signing from the beginning.If not for the amazing run support he has recieved, Lowe would have a losing record. He gave up the most hits of any pitcher in MLB last year, and again this year has given up more hits than innings pitched. The guy can’t be relied on and does not deserve to get one single playoff start.

WADIS HUTCHINSON

August 30th, 2010
9:24 am

SEND LOWE AND HANSON TO MINORS FOR COUPLE OF WEEKS. FOR LAST 1 1/2 MTHS, THEIR SLIDERS DON’T SLIDE, THEIR SINKERS DON’T SINK, THEIR CURVES DON’T CURVE AND BATTERS ARE FEASTING ON THEIR FAST BALLS. NO “BITE” TO ANY OF THEIR PITCHES. BRING UP A COUPLE OF MINORS FOR COUPLE OF WEEKS-CAN’T HURT, BUT IF THESE 2 DON’T CHANGE, GOOD BYE PLAYOFFS.

Jonathan Simeone

August 30th, 2010
9:25 am

Signing a 35-year-old pitcher to a four-year deal was really stupid. Giving him 60 million dollars for that four-year period was even dumber. For a team, like the Braves, that has limited resources management must be much more careful about the length and value of contracts than this organization has been. Unless something strange happens this team will have 36 million dollars–nearly half of its entire player payroll for next year–tied up in Chipper Jones, Lowe and Kawakami–three players in their thirties who contribute far less than their salary would indicate they do. Now that players cannot use performance enhancing drugs teams must be very careful about giving multiple-year deals to players over 30. If the Braves don’t win in the next couple of years one of the main reasons will be the amount of money that is being wasted on older players that can no longer produce to the level of their contracts.

Merlin

August 30th, 2010
9:31 am

RM – You’re correct about the mediocre results of the trades and signings by Mr. Wren. The Teixeira dump was typical of his willingness to lay down for all the other GMs and they know it. If a GM wants to dump someone he calls friendly Frank’s player exchange. Frank took McLouth when all the analysts reported whispers that Pittsburgh was sure he was headed downhill. He traded for a left handed 4th outfielder (Ankiel) instead of a right handed power bat at the same club who was eventually given away for an a ball prospect. He could also have had a proven 300 hitting left handed bat from that club but took Rick. I love Rick and his story but when your outfield consists of Jason and choose 2 from 4 4th outfield type players he was not the answer. Blanco was less expensive, hitting 300 and a part of the squad. If you wanted experience Scott Podsednik was in the same locker room as Rick and almost free. It’s just repeatedly bad bad bad player evaluation. In the same trade he moved the ineffective Jesse Chavez (our return for Soriano) for an older and more expensive proven failure who was assigned to mop up duty in KC. This player ( I won’t mention his name because using the F Bomb on here is a no-no) has a well know history of choking especially in Atlanta; remember 2005, Berkman grand slam, Ausmus homer? The jury is still out on the D lee trade. It has improved defense significantly and I believe Lee will hit but it was far too late. A move for a power bat was needed in July.
I like Wagner and even Saito though he’s become a once every 3 day reliever lately. Soriano was offered arbitration to get the draft pick but instead accepted after seeing the market was not going to be kind to him. I understand that though I did like him closing. Gonzo however was performing poorly towards the end of 09, had been hurt a lot and this year was awful early before going on the DL (of course that could just have been OMG I’m actually in Baltimore, what was I thinking.)
I liked the Lowe signing but felt he fell under Boras’ spell and paid way to much for a guy who had always been a 2 or 3 starter. The Mets offered him 3 @12, we could probably have had him for 4@12, still as lot but saving us 12 million over the contract. KK I never understood but I suppose 8mil for a 5th starter is about par for the course though many have signed for less. Both did what they do in 09; ate innings and kept us in games. Both need us to score runs early in order to win. Not an unreasonable request but one we’ve not provided often this year.
Unlike many I’ve seen ranting irrationally I believe the reason we’re in first is that in spite of Wren’s faux pas Bobby managed to weave together a winning season out of a few talented players and a bunch of squad players, cripples and career minor leaguers, much like he did with the baby Braves a few years back. Bobby mismanages a bullpen badly – don’t get me started on that – he relies on and is loyal to veterans when they obviously need to go, but he’s the 4th winningest manager of all time and will deservedly be in the Hall of Fame soon. Some say it’s because he hung around so long. That’s like saying Sutton only won 300 games because he pitched so long. Baseball requires you to perform to have a long career at the highest levels. A manager is hired to be fired, ask Joe Girardi or Freddi Gonzales about that. Agree with his style or not Bobby stays in a job because he wins, not because he’s old.
No one is going to get fired at this time of year; not Frank, TP and certainly not Bobby. Those screaming and cursing that those things are the answer and must be done now aren’t living in the real world.
What I hope will happen is Huddy continuing to be Cy Young, JJ and Tommy remembering to pound the strike zone instead of nibble, Omar Martin and Jason staying hot, BMac and Lee come through in RBI spots and Alex and 2 of the 4 part time outfielders get key hits in game situations. Asking a lot I know but it can and has happened in bits and pieces this year and it’s at least possible as we will the team to another post season run.

chuck

August 30th, 2010
9:32 am

Here is my take….utilization.

McLouth and KK….that’s 14.5MM in dead money next year….it’ll be at Gwinnett or released.

Lowe….he’s worth about $5MM max as a 5th starter…most teams (outside of NY and Bos and Phil) don’t pay their 5th more than a cursory mil or two, let alone $15MM….so I’ll go ahed and call that $10MM more of dead money….

Chip…he was on his way back to earning some of his salary, but he was worth maybe half his money if he finished strong….missing the stretch run he is worth about $5MM of his $13.5MM…assuming he does the same thing next year (missing a chunk of time)…that’s another $8MM in dead money….

So all told, I project we enter next season with $32MM in dead money before we even take the field….utilizing maybe $50+ MM of an $85MM-$90 MM payroll….

So I ask you, does Wren get to keep his job anywhere else?

He has saved his ass with the bandaid pickups of Glaus, Hinske, Infante, Gonzalez…

He has done well in some trades…and gotten raped in others.

He has executed a front office mandate to reduce spending on our draft, when he clearly is riding the farm system’s success to a probable playoff spot.

But face it, it doesn’t matter, our organization doesn’t want to win at the expense of the “participation trophy” (guaranteed profit margin) they receive at the end of the year.

The fact that we traded Robinson Lopez for the $1.7MM salary kickback we got on D Lee is an abomination. It prevented us from signing two underslot kids who are high ceiling, potential first rounders. We coulda had that guy for less, nobody wanted him with his recent history of gimpiness. We coulda had him for $3.4MM and a coupla lesser prospects. Tyrelle Harris is a big projectable reliever who could be molded into something. Unlike a lotta people you read, I actually saw him pitch for MB.

The fact that we stated going into the year that we had an extra $6-7MM to play with in the event we were gonna make a push…and all told we spent maybe $4MM of it (on the trades for Ank, Gonz, Farnsworthless)….so I ask you, why were we overslotting guys in the draft in order to pay less? Why are we trading a Robinson Lopez for cash essentially?

The Lowe deal is CRIPPLING, regardless of his performance as a 5th starter. Since the money is already dead I want us to trade him so we can spend on a bat. I am ready for the Beachy era to begin. And when Huddy is done, time for Teheran.

I am gonna enjoy Bobby’s last ride, but after that, talk to me in 2013 when we maybe have a new owner and all the kids are here.

&$@$# Frank Wren!

Merlin

August 30th, 2010
9:37 am

WADIS HUTCHINSON – You’re aware that the minor league seasons are over already or end this week correct? You know that you cannot send Lowe anywhere he doesn’t want to go including a rehab assignment right; the basic labor agreement prevents it. You know your caps lock key is on and that’s the equivalent of screaming? Screaming here is unproductive as no one you scream at here can change anything.

retiredMLscout

August 30th, 2010
9:46 am

Chuck and Merlin: My god, you two guys are such baseball “experts”; it is just a shame no major league team has discovered you guys and put you in charge of all decisions. Of course, if you had the job it would be a little different. You wouldn’t have the advantage of being able to wait and see the outcome of certain trades and then saying “what should have been done”. Actually, you should be giving Wren and Cox high praise for having the Braves in first place and 20 games over .500 with this obviously “flawed” team they put together. By the way, how are you doing with your fantasy teams?

J Wood

August 30th, 2010
9:49 am

Chuck is on target. This team is dragged around a huge anchor of dead weight. It is not hard to doubt Brave’s judgment re trades. It seems hard to believe that sane management would pay several $million for a guy with a bulging disc in his back. “No big deal?” It could cripple him any day now. Could the Braves not tell that McLouth tries to hit pop-ups? Ditto Ankiel. The Medlen injury just happens & needs to be planned for with a deep farm system. But why go looking for problems? Trying to pull rabbits out of hats to cover up bad decisions may or may not work temporarily, but not in the long run. Build the team from within the farm system. (Set up an an office in Venezuela). Tell the beancounters that the people will come if they credibly build from within.

. Don

August 30th, 2010
9:54 am

Bobby Cox is and always has been slow to react. For situations that develop that need changes – that are completely obvious to almost everyone, it takes Booby weeks, sometimes months (sometimes never) to make these obvious changes. These kind of situations this season may have already cost the Braves enough losses to keep them from winning the Division.

chuck

August 30th, 2010
9:57 am

@MLScout….

This is all about finances. If it’s above your head stay out of the fray and go iron your pink Braves jersey. Leave the grownup talk to others.

I said nothing of the job Bobby is doing, which has been his best job in years. However, Wren, operating under severe budget constraints, spent over 40% of our payroll on players we can’t even use.

Who cares what we are doing in spite of his misdeeds? The point I am making is we could be ahead quite comfortably with just one more everyday RH power bat…cost: roughly $10MM….

If we had a regular #5 starter, maybe we have 2 less wins, but that extra bat would’ve won 5 more games at least.

I do have 30 years in the game….it’s a passion. I forgive you for not being as into the whole thing as I am.

You’d be pissed too if someone was sucking your enthusiasm right out of it.

WADIS HUTCHINSON

August 30th, 2010
9:57 am

MERLIN..YOU’RE RIGHT. JUST SIT THEM DOWN ON THE BENCH NEXT TO CHIPPER. #?!!#t

chuck

August 30th, 2010
10:01 am

Oh and did you bother to pay attention to all the draft talk, Scout?

We ranked in the last few in the league in draft spend. How are we expected to maintain the levels we’ve grown accustomed to on the farm?

All this homegrown talent WILL dry up without any high ceiling HS kids. College kids look nice on draft day, but they are by and large finished products with many bad habits engrained.

I like Lipka, but he was our only HS guy really of note except for the high ceiling underslot guys (Sabol and Alvord)….the rest were college guys…and so far it looks like Gosselin is the only one ready to really move on and make a run for a ML roster in under 2 years….as you can see, with Minor it took one year….

My focus is on the whole organization. You just keep watching your few innings a week and focusing on your fantasy team…

/eyes rolling….

Merlin

August 30th, 2010
10:07 am

retiredMLscout – Hey I consistently give Bobby credit for the superior managing job he’s done with the mess Wren gave him. It doesn’t take a genius to know that Rick Ankiel is not going to provide the bat we need or that Kyle F’s career as a reliever has been that of failing in big situations. Anyone who can read a stat sheet can figure that out. Any unbiased assessment of Mr. Wren’s performance will show it to be average at best. As a fan I want better than average in order to win year after year. Frank’s not shown that ability.
BTW I don’t waste time on fantasy sports but if that’s you’re thing have a ball.

shannon faulkner

August 30th, 2010
10:59 am

i dont know if he is hurt but he is killing the braves

Chopper

August 30th, 2010
11:01 am

From time to time, I can get some numbness or tingling in my hand(s) and shaking it is generally what I do to get it to go away.

John Schuerholz was glib on the Rude Awakening this morning when asked about Lowe. He said he thought Lowe was tongue in cheek when he gave grip issues as the reason for the struggles. He said Lowe is a sweaty guy.

Well I think they aren’t ready to talk about Lowe’s real issue yet. Because if I had a sweaty arm, shaking it would not be what I’d do to resolve it. I’d wipe my arm on my uniform, slap the resin bag all over my arm or ask for a towel to be brought out. If my arm is tingly or numb or hurting, I’d shake it.

And Lowe’s comment about “I’m not good at this [discussing health issues]. I don’t know what to say.” is confusing. If you KNOW you aren’t hurt, then you’d know what to say. “I sucked.” It sounds to me that he is hurt and doesn’t know how to address it with the media, since he’s never been hurt before.

He might not realize how much he’s hurting or how much it has affected him for a long time. Remember Tim Hudson who had his arm checked out as a precaution, and found out he’d been pitching with some damage and needed TJ surgery. And now that he’s back you can see the difference of the Oakland A’s version of Hudson versus the injured Braves’ Hudson versus the current Hudson. He’s back to his early career form. Perhaps Lowe could be too.

RM

August 30th, 2010
11:04 am

Acquired OF Gorkys Hernandez and RHP Jair Jurrjens for SS Edgar Renteria
Acquired OF Josh Anderson for RHP Oscar Villareal
Signed LHP Tom Glavine to a one-year, $8MM contract
Acquired LHP Will Ohman, INF/OF Omar Infante for RHP Jose Ascanio
Signed RHP Jorge Campillo to a minor-league contract
Acquired OF Mark Kotsay for RHP Joey Devine, INF Jamie Richmond, and cash
Acquired LHP Jeff Ridgway for INF Willy Aybar and INF Chase Fontaine
Signed RHP Rafael Soriano to a two-year, $9MM contract
Acquired RHP Todd Redmond for RHP Tyler Yates
Claimed INF Ruben Gotay off waivers from the New York Mets
Acquired INF/OF Greg Norton for RHP Nelson Payano
Signed RHP Julian Tavarez to a contract for the remainder of the season
Acquired INF Casey Kotchman and RHP Steven Marek for INF Mark Teixeira
Acquired OF Luis Sumoza for OF Mark Kotsay
Signed RHP Elmer Dessens to a contract for the remainder of the season
Acquired RHP Javier Vazquez and LHP Boone Logan for INF Brent Lillibridge, C Tyler Flowers,
3B Jon Gilmore, and RHP Santos Rodriguez
Signed C David Ross to a two-year, $3MM contract
Signed INF/OF Greg Norton to a one-year, $800K contract
Signed RHP Kenshin Kawakami to a three-year, $23MM contract
Signed RHP Derek Lowe to a four-year, $60MM contract
Signed LHP Tom Glavine to a one-year, $1.5MM contract
Signed OF Garrett Anderson to a one-year, $2.5MM contract
Acquired RHP Rudy Darrow for OF Josh Anderson
Signed INF Chipper Jones to a three-year, $42MM contract extension
Acquired OF Brian Barton for RHP Blaine Boyer
Acquired OF Nate McLouth for Charlie Morton, Jeff Locke, and Gorkys Hernandez
Acquired OF Ryan Church for OF Jeff Francoeur and cash
Acquired INF Adam LaRoche and cash for INF Casey Kotchman
RHP Scott Proctor assigned to Atlanta Braves.
Atlanta Braves signed free agent RF Mitch Jones
Atlanta Braves signed free agent Juan Abreu.
Atlanta Braves signed free agent LHP Billy Wagner.
Atlanta Braves signed free agent RHP Takashi Saito.
Atlanta Braves traded RHP Rafael Soriano to Rays for RHP Jessie Chavez
Atlanta Braves release IF Kelly Johnson
Atlanta Braves signed free agent RF Brent Clevlen.
Atlanta Braves signed free agent 3B Joe Thurston
Atlanta Braves traded RHP Javier Vasquez and LHP Boone Logan to New York Yankees for OF Melky Cabrera, LHP
Mike Dunn, and RHP Ardoys Vizcaino
Atlanta Braves signed free agent 1B Troy Glaus.
Atlanta Braves signed free agent LF Eric Hinske.
Atlanta Braves signed free agent RHP Chris Resop
Dunedin Blue Jays traded 2B TylerPastornicky to Mississippi Braves; Atlanta Braves traded LHP Jo-Jo Reyes and SS Yunel Escobar to Toronto Blue Jays; Toronto Blue Jays traded SS Alex Gonzalez to Atlanta Braves and New Hampshire Fisher Cats traded LHP Tim Collins to Mississippi Braves
Atlanta Braves traded RF Mitch Jones to Pittsburgh Pirates.
Kansas City Royals traded CF Rick Ankiel and RHP Kyle Farnsworth to Atlanta Braves; Mississippi Braves traded LHP
Tim Collins to Omaha Royals and Atlanta Braves traded CF Gregor Blanco and RHP Jesse Chavez to
Kansas City Royals.
Detroit Tigers traded Wilkin Ramirez to Atlanta Braves
Chicago Cubs traded 1B Derrek Lee to Atlanta Braves for LHP Jeffrey Lorick, RHP Robinson Lopez and RHP Tyrelle Harris.

Here are Wren’s transactions since he was hired. You be the judge.

Mutts

August 30th, 2010
12:31 pm

Lowe is hurting – he’s hurting the Braves every time he pitches.

Mutts

August 30th, 2010
12:36 pm

Merlin: Are you sure Wren made the Texeira trade? I thought it was Scheurholtz. I am very sure it was Wren who signed Hudson to a new 3 year deal.

Braves Fan in Illinois

August 30th, 2010
1:24 pm

Wren has done a good job. Folks who want to complain much about his efforts need to take a look around the rest of the league. Sure, there are better GMs . . . but not too many.

You’re also crazy if you think Scheurholz — one of the best ever — doesn’t still have some input.

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bobby brown

August 30th, 2010
1:56 pm

if anybody in the braves organization had checked lowes career stats showing more hits per inning throuout his career would they have wasted the money.

bobby brown

August 30th, 2010
2:03 pm

lowe during his career has always given up more hits than innings pitched. does wren pay no attention to this stat or even low velocity.

Reality 4

August 30th, 2010
3:20 pm

It’s just amazing to know that this blog is filled with future GM or the Year.

After while, it becomes so boaring and irritating at the same time to read a bunch of nonsenses coming out of those people.

The Braves are in the first place. The Braves won yesterday. I am going to root for the team we have, with the manager we have, and the GM we have.

Cole Hammels

August 30th, 2010
3:32 pm

I read here where some Idiots are calling D.Lowe lazy. It seems when a pitcher has a bad outing all the crazies get out of the Assylum and are posting.

Freddie G

August 30th, 2010
4:17 pm

RM,
Thanks for outlining Wren’s signings as GM. I do not believe it is as bad as you may think or like some on this blog seems to believe. When he signed Lowe our starting pitching was non existing, with Smoltz uncertain with his balky elbow,Huddy just having surgery and would not be back, except for the last month of 2009, the deal for Peavy fell through (thank God )A. J Burnett deciding to go to Yankess instead of taking our offer ( again thank God ). Kawakami was a big risk which wren decided to go after when he could not get a quality starter here. Kawakami has not been terrible as his record would suggest, and is due to oue anemic offense, had he gotten more run support he would have had a winning record. McLouth came here as a hot player for the Bucs, and everyone writing on this blog was excited when wren got him, in fact everyone in Baseball thought it was a coup to get him. I do not like the Ankiel and Farnsworth acquisition, neither did I care for the Gonzalez acquisition, but that one to me was not too bad. What some folks are failing to realize is that some of the bad moves made by Wren’s predecessor JS, have affected this Franchise greatly. The JD Drew for Wainwright deal and the Mark Texeria deal are two examples. I am glad he did not give up any of the better prospects in the minor leagues. Again I disagree with the majority and will stick to my guns that he has done a fairly good job considering everything, like salary restraints.

Freddie G

August 30th, 2010
4:23 pm

What Wren should try and do is hire away some of the Scouts in the Marlins organization, because they sure do a better Job than our Scouts.
The Marlins retool every year and still give us trouble, and that are not bringing in old players like we do, they seem to draft and trade well.

chuck

August 31st, 2010
2:08 am

If last year was to be a building year anyhow, and we had the trade for Vazquez in the works, and JJ and Hanson….that’s 3 guys right there…we coulda Smoltzie or Glavine back for what it cost to sign Lowe and been done with them after this year…we wouldn’t have what? Finished 3rd anyway?

As you put it our pitching was non-existent….no, that’s incorrect….it was incomplete, a work in progress….you don’t have to go pay 5MM more for a guy for two more years than anyone would pay him to buttress a pitching staff that didn’t need to be ready til this year anyhow.

Lowe is not worth his contract….quit trying to justify ya sorry bunch of Woody Paiges and Jay Mariottis.

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