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01/13/09 9:10 AM EST

Braves offer Lowe four-year deal

Contract would pay veteran right-hander $60 million

Derek Lowe is reported to have received an offer from the Braves that would pay him $60 million over four years.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution first reported that Lowe had received an offer of $15 million per year. On Tuesday morning, SI.com reported the Braves are trying to finalize a deal that would be for four years.

Not only would the deal improve the Braves' rotation, but procuring Lowe's services would also prevent the Mets, a National League East rival, from adding him to their staff.

Lowe went 14-11 with a 3.24 ERA with the Dodgers last year and has a career mark of 126-107. Landing Lowe would give the Braves an offseason coup after falling short in efforts to acquire shortstop Rafael Furcal and right-handers A.J. Burnett and Jake Peavy.

The Mets have offered Lowe $36 million over three years.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.