Derek Lowe Traded By Braves To Indians, According To Report

WASHINGTON, DC - FILE: Starting pitcher Derek Lowe #32 of the Atlanta Braves waits to pitch to a Washington Nationals batter during the third inning at Nationals Park on March 31, 2011 in Washington, DC. According to reports, Lowe was arrested April 28, 2011 for drunken driving in Atlanta. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Atlanta sends the struggling starting pitcher to Cleveland as the hot stove season begins.

According to Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman, the Atlanta Braves have traded starting pitcher Derek Lowe to the Cleveland Indians.

This comes as a huge surprise and is the first big move of the offseason for Major League Baseball. Frank Wren does not mess around when it comes to improving his ball club.

 Jon Heyman 
derek lowe was traded to the indians

Lowe, a 6'6 230 right-handed pitcher, has been a disappointment ever since coming over from the Los Angeles Dodgers and signing a 4-year $60 million contract in 2009.

The 38-year old struggled through one of the worst seasons of his career in 2011, going 9-17 on a 5.05 ERA and giving up 70 walks to only 137 strikeouts.

Considering that he is still owed $15 million for the 2012 season, it's unlikely that the Braves got anything notable in return for dumping him to the Indians besides salary relief, although details of who was involved from Cleveland's end have yet to be released.

For the latest news and analysis on the Braves off-season, head over to Talking Chop, and for more information on baseball's hot-stove season, check out our MLB news hub.

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