Braves not interested in Hart
From Braves.com beat reporter Mark Bowman’s blog:
The Braves see the Brewers as a potential suitor for Derek Lowe. But contrary to a report on FOXSports.com Thursday, they have never been interested in trading the veteran sinkerballer in exchange for Brewers outfielder Corey Hart.
The report indicated that the Brewers seem reluctant to deal for Lowe because he is owed $45 million over the next three years. While that is certainly understandable, the Braves have also provided indication that they are not interested in Hart.
In other words, if the Braves end up having to trade Javier Vazquez to the Brewers, there’s little reason to believe that Hart would be part of the return package.
Indications are that the Braves don’t like Hart’s undisciplined offensive approach. The Brewers outfielder, who could draw a $5 million salary via arbitration this winter, hit .260 with 12 homers and a .753 OPS this past season.
As the Braves continue to explore their options with Lowe, they still think there’s a chance that the Angels may be willing to add the veteran sinkerballer to their young rotation.
It appears that instead of getting a Major League-ready outfielder in return, the Braves would be more interested in digging into the Angels farm system.
Bowman has more on Lowe’s situation in a story on Braves.com. As Mark notes, Lowe is coming off a season during which he posted a 4.67 ERA — his career high in the National League — is owed $45 million over the three seasons and turns 37 next season.
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