For most Braves fans, this was not the deal that they were looking for. With a surplus at the pitching postition, Atlanta was poised to deal one of either Javier Vazquez or Derek Lowe. With Derek Lowe's recent comments about being on the trading block, it left most Braves fans, including myself, with the thought he was surely the one to be traded. However, with three years and 45 million dollars due to Lowe, the Braves found that option rather difficult. Braves General Manager Frank Wren found after the winter meetings that no team was willing to take the large contract of Lowe's. While still looking to tradeáone of his top pitchers, he decided on shopping Javy Vazquez. Given that Vazquez has a no-trade clause to teams in the west, it limited Wren's options with trading him. However, Wren ...
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