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Rangers sign Derek Lowe to minor league contract

Mar 6, 2013, 7:26 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the deal is done.

3:45 PM: Derek Lowe is close to agreeing to a minor-league deal with the Rangers, according to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News.

Grant seems to suggest that Lowe will make the Opening Day pitching staff, although it’s hard to imagine why that would be guaranteed for a 40-year-old coming off back-to-back seasons with an ERA above 5.00.

Lowe could start or relieve, and if he does make the team out of spring training he’d presumably be keeping a spot warm until Colby Lewis and/or Martin Perez get healthy. Last season for the Braves and Indians he posted a 5.11 ERA in 143 innings with a .321 opponents’ batting average and nearly as many walks (51) as strikeouts (55).

  1. unlost1 - Mar 6, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Loshe is standing out in the cold thinking about the good ol’ days

    • digbysellers - Mar 6, 2013 at 3:54 PM

      He’s not cold at all. He’s got that hot bag of wind Boras as his agent. Three year deal my ass!

    • jwbiii - Mar 6, 2013 at 9:22 PM

      He’s working out in Arizona. Highs in the 70s, quite pleasant.

  2. baseballisboring - Mar 6, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    He had a few good innings as a reliever, though. So…that’s something.

  3. tfbuckfutter - Mar 6, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Good thing they waited until Josh Hamilton was out of town.

    Not sure Lowe would have been the best influence.

  4. dwdive - Mar 6, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Why not?

  5. innout10 - Mar 6, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Cuz D Lowe likes his booze… A lot

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