The Dodgers have released veteran right-hander Mark Lowe from his minor league contract, tweets ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick. Lowe had been in camp on a minor league pact, and despite some considerable struggles over the past two seasons, he still hopes to continue his pitching career and land with another organization, per Crasnick.
Lowe, 34, hasn’t appeared in the Majors since tossing 49 1/3 innings out of the Tigers’ bullpen. Detroit inked him to a two-year, $11MM contract in the 2015-16 offseason but received a negative return on that investment when Lowe limped to a 7.11 ERA a dozen homers allowed in those 49 1/3 frames. Notably, his fastball velocity was down from an average of 95.5 mph in 2015 to 92.4 mph in 2016. He was released by Detroit at the end of Spring Training in 2017.
After being cut loose in Detroit, Lowe latched on with the Mariners and reported to their Triple-A affiliate in Tacoma. While he enjoyed a career renaissance after signing a minor league deal with Seattle prior to the 2015 season, Lowe didn’t find the same change in fortune this time around. He struggled to a 6.23 ERA through 39 innings in Tacoma and didn’t fare any better after being flipped to the White Sox in a minor swap.
Lowe hasn’t found success on the mound since working to a pristine 1.96 ERA with 10.0 K/9 against 2.0 BB/9 in 55 innings between the Mariners and Blue Jays back in 2015. He’s a veteran of 11 big league seasons with a lifetime 4.22 ERA, 8.2 K/9, 3.8 BB/9, 1.1 HR/9 and a 39.8 percent ground-ball rate in 385 2/3 innings.
Good call by FO. Lowe needs to go a team where he has a chance. LAD have too much depth and Lowe is no Morrow.
Philly will sign him to a multi year deal, plus pick up Machado and Harper next year and buy themselves a World Series victory.
Nothing to see here; move it along. The Dodgers don’t need to occupy their rosters with charity signings…
hardly a charity signing considering he just came off a season in where he got paid 5 million to not pitch last season. He didn’t need the dodgers, but the dodgers need more depth
I guess you could say that he’s hit a Lowe point in his career…
I’d say that’s right on the Mark.
That’s a Lowe blow…
He will end up with the jays, he’s had success there and they seem to be stocking up on veteran relief pitchers
Dodgers need better righthanded depth in the bullpen and will eventually have go shopping for an established and durable starting pitcher to fill in for the others.
Probably right on both counts. Koehler is out, and they just sent Brock Stewart to Minor League camp.
Man he sure turned one good half season into a lot of money.
Wasnt he supposed to be the next b morrow?
Welcome back to the Rangers Mark