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01/15/2009 6:40 PM ET
Braves agree to terms with pitcher Derek Lowe on four-year contract
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ATLANTA -- Atlanta Braves Executive Vice President and General Manager Frank Wren announced today that the Braves have agreed to terms with free-agent right-handed pitcher Derek Lowe on a four-year contract through the 2012 season. Financial terms of the deal were not announced. The Braves will hold a press conference to introduce Lowe at 10:30 am on Friday, January 16, in the Auxiliary Clubhouse at Turner Field. Media members should park in the Media Lot on the south side of the stadium and enter through the glass doors off Bill Lucas Drive.

Lowe, 35, owns a career record of 126-107 (.541) with a 3.75 ERA and 1,275 strikeouts in 1,940.1 innings pitched. In 2008 he posted 20 "quality" starts and went 14-11 with a 3.24 ERA for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Lowe finished ninth in the league in ERA, third in home ERA (2.30), fourth in fewest walks per nine innings pitched (1.9), and ninth in innings pitched (211). After the 2008 All-Star break he went 7-2 with a 2.38 ERA (fifth in the NL). From August 11 to the end of the season Lowe was masterful, going 6-1 with a 1.27 ERA in his final 10 starts.

Known as one of the most durable pitchers in the game today, the 6-foot-6, 230-pound Lowe has never been placed on the Major League disabled list. In fact, he is one of only three active players, along with Brad Ausmus and Livan Hernandez, with 12 or more years of experience to have never appeared on the DL.

The 2008 campaign marked the seventh straight season (since 2002) in which Lowe tallied at least 12 wins, making him the only active big-league pitcher to accomplish that feat. His 106 wins since 2002 are tied for third in the majors, with Mike Mussina and Johan Santana, and are just nine victories behind Roy Oswalt (115) and only seven behind Roy Halladay (113) in that period. Lowe has made at least 30 starts each year since 2002 and his 233 total starts in that span rank fourth in the majors.

Born in Dearborn, Mich., in 1973, Lowe currently resides in Fort Myers, Fla.

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