(Staff writer Carroll Rogers is filling in for David O’Brien today.)
Derek Lowe was convinced the Braves were about to trade him two winters ago, and it didn’t happen. The Braves traded Javier Vazquez instead. Now that his name has resurfaced in trade speculation, he’s not as fazed.
Lowe had a little fun with a Saturday report that his native Detroit Tigers had expressed interested in trading for him.
“Detroit,” said Lowe, the Dearborn, MI native, he announced to teammates when he arrived in the Braves clubhouse, drawing some mock applause. “Hey, I’m going to the American League.”
He makes light, but that’s probably just because he’s a 38-year-old veteran who’s played for four different organizations, with the Mariners, Red Sox, Dodgers and Braves.
“It’s this time of year,” Lowe said. “There’s a lot of people’s names get thrown around….You have no say so. Why stress over something that you have no control over?”
Logically, though, he understands why his name is among them now.
“People say we may need a hitter and we have a lot of pitching and I make money,” Lowe said. “So it’s kind of obvious why you’re named. And we have a lot of good young pitchers.”
The Braves are listening, but any talks are in the early stages and no offers have been made for Lowe yet, according to a person familiar with the situation.
The Braves could trade Lowe and clear salary to pursue a big-name hitter, and insert Mike Minor or Julio Teheran into the rotation.
Trading Lowe this time around might be a little more likely, if not at the July 31 deadline, then maybe in the offseason. When the Braves last tried to trade him, he was still owed $45 million over three years. Now he’s owed approximately $6 million the remainder of this season and $15 million next.
What makes Lowe valuable to potential suitors and what the Braves would be giving up if a deal is made, is his reputation as a big-game pitcher. Lowe went 5-0 with a 1.17 ERA last September for the Braves, and was their Game 1 starter for the Division Series against the Giants.
This and that
It was family day here this morning at Turner Field where players are invited to bring their families onto the field. Always fun to see little folks running around, like Cooper Proctor, one of Scott Proctor’s four children, all of whom he had in tow.
Cooper asked David Ross if he could put on his catcher’s mask. Sure enough Ross complied and the 3-year-old Proctor got to wear the hockey style catcher’s make and crouch down for a photo. Cute stuff.
And speaking of families, reliever Jonny Venters told me this morning his wife Viviana is expecting their first child in November. They are having a boy. It’s been a big year for Venters, first-time All-Star and soon-to-be father. Congrats.
Wedding dress guy….Oh I know we’re not supposed to give this guy pub for jumping out on the field last night. But I’m sure he’s paying the price. A photographer here heard he might have to wait until Monday for his bail hearing, so….Just for those who weren’t here last night to see, I’ll post a photo.
OK running behind and want to post this before the game. Jair Jurrjens going today, looking for his 13th win of the year, just two shy of his career high.
For the second straight day, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez wanted to get another right-hander in against lefty Tom Gorzelanny, so he started Wilkin Ramirez in place of Jason Heyward in right field. Nate McLouth sat on Saturday night. Nothing wrong with Heyward.
1. Jordan Schafer CF
2. Martin Prado 3B
3. Brian McCann C
4. Freddie Freeman 1B
5. Dan Uggla 2B
6. Alex Gonzalez SS
7. Nate McLouth LF
8. Wilkin Ramirez RF
9. Jair Jurrjens P
David O’Brien contributed information to this report.