This Lowe Not The Poor Indian

U.S. Army Indian fighters, shortly after the Civil War, referred to the various Indians as "Lo", a play on the poem by Alexander Pope that started "Lo, the poor Indian, whose untutor'd mind sees God in clouds, or heres him in the wind." Lowe perhaps may also see visions in the clouds, but he certainly isn't poor.

Lowe has accepted a four-year contract offer worth about $58 million from the Braves. With their late push for Lowe, the Braves are on the verge of beating out the New York Mets who apparently offered him three years and $36 million.

Now that the Mets are out of the running for Lowe, they're expected to turn their attention to free agent left-handers Randy Wolf and Oliver Perez.

Lowe, 35, has a career 126-107 record in 12 seasons with Seattle, Boston and the Dodgers. During his four years in Dodgers Blue, he was 54-48 with a 3.59 earned run average.

Checking Cordero The Dodgers were among the twelve teams came to see Chad Cordero's first workout. One observer said Cordero threw very well.

During five full seasons and parts of two others, Cordero saved 128 games hitting a high of 47 in 2005.

He missed most of 2008 after surgery for a torn labrum and will probably miss a good portion of the 2009 season.

However, Washinton announced that Cordero "will not be back with the team next year because of a conflict with general manager Jim Bowden and will look for employment elsewhere."

Cordero says he will likely be ready at the beginning of 2009 Spring Training. On October 30, 2008 the nationals sent him outright to AAA Syracuse, and he rejected it becoming a free agent.

Good Free Agent Team Available
Buster Olney of ESPN notes that although their has been some signings,some future Hall of Famers signed this week, but Bobby Abreu is still out of work, and so is Manny Ramirez, and Pedro Martinez, and Orlando Hudson. With little more than a month to go until spring training begins, you could start a 31st team with the available free agents and feel like you would have a shot at a respectable record:

Lineup
SS Orlando Cabrera
2B Orlando Hudson
RF Bobby Abreu DH Manny Ramirez
LF Adam Dunn
3B Joe Crede
CF Jim Edmonds
1B Sean Casey
C Jason Varitek


Starting Rotation: Ben Sheets, Oliver Perez, Jon Garland, Paul Byrd, Randy Wolf, Mark Mulder.

Bullpen: Brandon Lyon, Juan Cruz, Dennys Reyes, Will Ohman.

Bench: Garret Anderson, OF, Brad Ausmus, C, Eric Hinske, 1B/3B, Kevin Millar, 1B.

Extra Hall of Famers: Ken Griffey, Jr., Frank Thomas, Tom Glavine, Pedro Martinez.

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