Braves not talking to Dodgers about VazquezShare
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If the Braves determine that they can’t move Derek Lowe, they will have to increase their efforts to move Javier Vazquez. But contrary to a tweet posted by former Reds and Nationals GM Jim Bowden, they aren’t currently talking to the Dodgers about Vazquez.
Vazquez’s contract includes a clause that prevents him from being traded to any of the teams from the West divisions of the American and National Leagues.
In addition, early Friday afternoon a team source said that the Braves and Dodgers aren’t currently in the midst of any trade discussions.
Before moving Vazquez and the $11.5 million that he is owed next year, the Braves will concentrate their efforts on moving Lowe and the $45 million that he is owed over the course of the next three years.
Earlier this week, I mentioned that the Yankees might have some interest in Lowe. But it now appears that they won’t attempt to land the 36-year-old sinkerballer, who went 15-10 with a 4.67 ERA for the Braves this past season.
It now appears the more likely suitors for Lowe would be the Brewers or Angels, a pair of teams looking to add a veteran front-line starter.
But the Angels will first wait to get a better understanding about how much it might take to bring John Lackey back to serve as their ace. If the highly-sought right-hander signs elsewhere, they could gauge the possibility of trading for Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay before turning their sights toward Lowe.
As for the Brewers, there has been some indication that they would be more interested in acquiring Vazquez.
Well, I’ve just finished it. I almost want to say it’s my new favorite album. The little “I and Love and You” essay that’s written in the jacket is a bit much, but the song itself is way more subtle. It’s great from start to finish, really. “She was sick like Audrey Hepburn.” “… and I’m frightened by those who don’t see it.” “… bird in a cage, I broke in and demanded that somebody free it.” “So I’ll scream till I die and … at last all those bad thoughts’ll finally be out.” “… still can’t find how to hold my hands.” “And I know you need me in the next room over, but I’m stuck in here all paralyzed.” “Somethin’ has me … actin’ like someone I don’t wanna be.” (Well, that whole song… every syllable) And every line in “Incomplete and Insecure” (no way, right?) Just to name a few that you haven’t mentioned.
Alright, I’m done spazzing over the Avett Brothers. For a while.
Seriously, do we have a clean-up hitter yet or what?
Sure thing…no problem…(had to google to find out what that meant).
You forgot a favorite:
When nothing is old deserved or respected
And your life doesn’t change by the man that’s elected
If you’re loved by someone you’re never rejected
Decide what to be and go be it.
I know you are overwhelmed right now with their general fabulousness but I would be remiss if I didn’t leave you with one final song suggestion…Weight of Lies:
The weight of lies will bring you down
And follow you to every town
Cause nothin happens here
That doesn’t happen there
So when you run make sure you run
To something and not away from
Cause lies don’t need an aero plane
To chase you anywhere
For real Stevie…can we have a podcast soon? I don’t care if half of it is just dead air. I’m DYING here!!!!!!!!! Make Curt read Eeyore quotes or break out the hope meter for how big a bat we get for the Lowemiester. I’ll try not to get too whiney but soon?
Teams that would consider taking on Lowe’s nightmare contract have lost their damn minds. I mean, what is their highest hope, that he will bounce back to being a healthy, medium-good starter for 15 mill a year? And at the risk that he’ll actually get worse? Is the pitching market THAT empty?
Honestly, Atlanta is the contending team he’ll hurt the LEAST, just because they have two premium pitchers for cheap to absorb the funk. Lowe as a respectable #4, that old chestnut. (I tried).