In the end, Derek Lowe and the Braves agreed to a four-year, $60 million deal, while Omar Minaya’s best reported offer stopped at three years, $36 million.
From what I can gather, while Minaya may have been willing to give Lowe a fourth-year option, he was never going to guarantee the fourth season – and, frankly, according to published reports, and people close to the GM, he is not too disappointed with the results.
Nevertheless, on Dec. 10, the day the Yankees signed C.C. Sabathia, I ran a poll on MetsBlog.com that asked, ‘Would you give Lowe a four-year, $66 million deal,’ and 71 percent of people said, ‘No.’
Oddly enough, that is exactly the deal that would have topped Atlanta’s winning bid – and yet, at the time, the more than 4,000 people who voted did not want to make such an offer.
Meanwhile, a week later I asked, ‘Would you sign Lowe to a three-year, $50 million contract, with a fourth-year option,’ and 66 percent said, ‘Yes.’
In other words, as recently as mid-December, the majority of this site’s readers were essentially on the same page as Minaya and his staff, i.e., willing to offer a three-year deal and willing to give a fourth-year option, but unwilling to go to four guaranteed years.
For what it’s worth, I was in the minority – as I would have given the extra money and years necessary to sign Lowe.