Tuesday, January 13, 2009
The Atlanta Braves will apparently have the services of Derek Lowe next year for the 2009 season and beyond. The New York Mets were the only real team that was out there as trying to sign Lowe with any concrete offers, but somehow Atlanta walks away with him.
The Phillies who have made some bad starting pitching moves in the past couple years, sat this one out. The won't be getting the services of Lowe. I don't know if I would have wanted the Phils to spend that much money on Lowe, who is 36 in April and hasn't really dominated too much especially against the Phillies in the NLCS last year. I am surprised at the way the Braves ivested in him. He is an All Star, but he has already pitched in the league for 12 years and this will be his 13th season as a pitcher.
The Phillies also have thier own ace, Cole Hamels, who the team is still built around, so there won't be any competing for the ace spot for him. The only bad this is the Phillies will play the Braves 16 times this season and they will go up against Lowe more than they would have if he had stayed with the Dodgers.
In other news about Phillies pitchers, Chan Ho Park is pictured at a South Korea news conference saying he won't be on the South Korea team for the World Baseball Classic. Chan Ho can't wait for the season though, and is very happy to be a Phillie. Somehow I see the Phillies having a little sushi around for Park this season, he probably won't be dining on cheesesteaks!
Rich Baxter - Fightin Phillies Blog