The Braves today signed, pending a physical, starting pitcher Derek Lowe to a 4 year $60 million dollar contract. A Source with knowledge of the Mets negotiations said that Mets GM Omar Minaya was unwilling to guarantee a fourth year and have an average yearly salary of $15 million. It’s believed that Minaya favored Oliver Perez who he believes will sign a contract in the neighborhood of 3-4 years at 10-12 million per year. Currently there are no known serious contenders for Perez’s services, but with Scott Boras being his agent there’s sure to be some mid market team tricked into a bidding war with the Mets.
The Braves were forced to make a big acquisition in the pitchers market as earlier this month the Boston Red Sox signed former Braves ace John Smoltz. Earlier in the week the Braves also signed Japanese import Kenshin Kawakami to a three year contract.