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Braves dump Lowe, not expected to pursue Pujols

The Braves have traded starting pitcher Derek Lowe to Cleveland, potentially clearing as much as $15 million year from their payroll to pursue other needs.

But the club is unlikely to use its windfall to pursue Cardinals free agent Albert Pujols.

The Braves, according to a late season report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, feel they most need help in the outfield corners, the bullpen and at shortstop. They also have second-year slugger Freddy Freeman at first base and would be unlikely to pull the plug on a young and talented player who seems destined to be a star.