The Braves acquired left-handed pitcher Chris Jones from the Indians in exchange for Derek Lowe and cash. There's no surprise here, except for the fact that the Braves were actually able to trade Lowe. The Indians are also taking $10 million of the $15 million that the Braves still owe Lowe. That's nice chunk of cash to free up. Jones went 7-1 pitching A ball last season.
I think there's still some gas left in Derek's tank. Not a lot. Just a teeny bit. He had a very rough 2011 and his last start as a Brave was horrific. I hadn't totally given up on him this season. Remember, 2010 started off bumpy for Derek but then he ended up being the Braves best pitcher after the All Star break. He was lights out in September. So this season, I gave him the benefit of the doubt. Derek didn't come through.
The Braves also exercised their option on Eric Hinske and declined their option on Nate McClouth. Again, no surprises here.