Atlanta Braves beat writer David O'Brien has some "insider" updates on the Braves' various searches to augment their rotation. Regarding recent reports that are linking us with Derek Lowe, John Garland, and Andy Pettite, D-Fab has this to say:
Any proven, healthy pitcher who’s available, particularly free agents who wouldn’t require a long-term contract or players available for trade at a reasonable salary, are drawing interest from the Braves. And that includes Pettitte and Garland, along with the more expensive (and better) Lowe.
The thing to really pull out of this is his mention of players that "wouldn't require a long-term contract." This is something that I believe will keep us away from Derek Lowe.
We may not get anything more than guesses from beat writers about what our plans are for the rest of the off-season. D-Fab also passes along this note about information coming out of the Braves' front office:
Braves have decided that it’s in their best interest to keep this stuff close to the vest, unlike earlier this offseason.
Not an unsurprising reaction to the turbulent events of this off-season. Here's our first Tom Glavine update in quite awhile:
Glavine’s making steady progress, might try to throw off mound next week, but not certain. He’s throwing at 120 feet now without any difficulty.
I still believe that we'll sign him to a contract, but he won't make it out of spring training. That's fine. We can have a nice retirement ceremony before some game in April and call it Tom Glavine day.