Mark Lowe Opts Out Of Contract With Nationals

Mark Lowe has opted out of his contract with the Nationals and is now a free agent, MLBTR has learned.  The right-hander signed a minor league deal with Washington in June and already passed one opt-out date back on July 31.  Lowe is represented by Frye McCann Sports.

Lowe has signed minor league deals (and parted ways) with three different organizations this season after signing with the Dodgers in February, the Angels in late March and then the Nats in June.  The 30-year-old righty posted a 9.26 ERA over 11 2/3 relief innings with the Halos but was much more effective with the Nationals' Triple-A affiliate, posting a 3.14 ERA, 11.6 K/9 and 3.70 K/BB over 28 2/3 IP with Syracuse.

Prior to this season, Lowe had amassed a 3.94 ERA over 262 2/3 innings with the Mariners and Rangers from 2006-12.  Over his career, he has held right-handed batters to a .223/.309/.332 slash line.

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