Derek Lowe can help Cleveland 

October, 31, 2011

The hot stove season officially kicked off Monday with a trade that sent right-hander Derek Lowe from the Atlanta Braves to the Cleveland Indians for Class A lefty Chris Jones.

For Cleveland, the appeal of Lowe has to be his ability to get ground balls and stay on the mound. He's made 33 or 34 starts in each of the past four years and at least 32 starts in 10 straight seasons. He's also consistently among the top ground-ball starters in the game, with ground-ball percentages in the 56-to-59 percent range with Atlanta, down slightly from the rates he showed in Boston and L.A.

Keith Law

ESPN Senior Writer