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Rangers release Derek Lowe, sign Mark Teahen

May 23, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT

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Derek Lowe, who was designated for assignment by the Rangers earlier this week, has been released after passing through waivers unclaimed. This could be the end for Lowe, who hasn’t posted an ERA under 5.00 since 2010 and allowed 13 runs in 13 innings in a low-leverage relief role for the Rangers at age 40.

Texas also announced the signing of Mark Teahen, who was released by the Diamondbacks last week after an agreed upon trade to the Reds fell through over health issues. He’ll head to Triple-A and try to play his way back to the majors for the first time since 2011.

  1. innout10 - May 23, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy… Lowe is a total pr!ck

  2. frenchysplatediscipline - May 23, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Well that leaves him plenty of time to get ready for Fast and Furious 7.

    I can only assume that’s what he was auditioning for when he got his DUI in Atlanta.

  3. jerze2387 - May 23, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    a new career lowe for him

    *crickets*

  4. albertmn - May 23, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    Didn’t know much about him, so looked it up. He appears to have been fairly durable, but often mediocre pitcher. Four years of mostly relief with 63+ appearances, followed by 10 years of at least 32 starts (but 5 of those 10 with fewer than 200 innings). Seems like a lot of mediocre with a couple pretty decent seasons mixed in.

    Hardly seems worth the $110+ million that he was paid over his career. I don’t necessarily begrudge the superstars making 100′s of millions over their careers, as they are in an entertainment industry much like the top actors/singers/etc. But, if the middle of the road guys weren’t getting ridiculous contracts as well, I might be able to go to more than 1 or 2 games a season.

  5. dwaynehosey - May 23, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Derek Lowe’s tenure in Boston was marked by frequent rumors of excessive drinking and outlandish behavior, but I’ll remember him for coming up with several clutch appearances in the 2003 ALDS and the 2004 championship run after being almost left off the roster due to poor late season performance.

  6. mcjon22 - May 23, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    Back to Atlanta for a spot in the bullpen

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