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Derek Lowe makes the Rangers as a middle reliever

Mar 26, 2013, 5:17 PM EST

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Derek Lowe, who signed a minor-league deal with the Rangers three weeks ago, has made the Opening Day roster as a middle reliever, according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com.

He’ll presumably work low-leverage innings while also being around for any potential spot starts.

At age 40 and coming off back-to-back seasons with an ERA over 5.00 he’s not a great bet to have much success in Texas, but Lowe is a durable enough arm to provide some value in the bullpen.

  1. innout10 - Mar 26, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    He’s awful.

    • El Bravo - Mar 26, 2013 at 5:39 PM

      Yep.

  2. knowlegeforyou - Mar 26, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Terrible starter but I think he still has value as a reliever. he can eat innings and induce ground balls. He doesn’t need to face a lineup more than once to be effective.

  3. storebrandcookies - Mar 27, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    He can fill that Scott Feldman role.. Hopefully he doesn’t have to start.

  4. stex52 - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    Guy like him can have some real value in that limited role. And they have the advantage that they can still put up the runs big time. Might be a decent deal for a year.

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