MLB Trade Rumors: Tigers and Braves Discussing Trade Involving Derek Lowe?

The Braves have a six-game lead in the National League Wild Card and trail the Phillies by a scant three games in the National League East, but they may be open to dealing a prominent member of their starting rotation before the July 31 trade deadline.

According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com, the Tigers have approached the Braves about acquiring veteran right-hander Derek Lowe. And Atlanta’s front office may be ready to listen.

The Braves have one of the top rotations in the majors and possess great pitching depth in the minor leagues. They can probably get rid of Lowe, who has registered an underwhelming 4.30 ERA in 20 starts this season, and get similar production from Julio Teheran or Mike Minor down the stretch.

Atlanta’s preference is to acquire a major league-ready right-hitting outfielder by the deadline, but Morosi says the organization may be content with dumping salary and merely netting young talent in a deal involving Lowe.

Lowe, 38, is making a whopping $15 million this season and is owed yet another $15 million in 2012.

Lowe’s ample playoff experience and steady presence in the rotation could prove invaluable should the Braves make the playoffs, which seems highly likely, so it is going to be an aggressive (and risky) move if the front office chooses to go down this road.

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