The Rangers on Wednesday added a free-agent pitcher represented by Scott Boras It is not right-hander Kyle Lohse. According to a major league official, the Rangers completed a deal that will bring right-hander Derek Lowe into spring training on a minor league contract. Lowe, 39, could fill the swing role that right-hander Scott Feldman held last season. Lowe is coming off two consecutive poor seasons. He went 9-17 with a 5.05 ERA in 34 starts with Atlanta in 2011 and 8-10 with a 5.52 ERA in 21 starts with Cleveland last season. Lowe went to the New York Yankees after being released by Cleveland in August and was effective out of the bullpen. He was 1-1 with one save and a 3.04 ERA in 23 2/3 innings as a reliever during the remainder of the regular season. Lowe is an extreme groundball pitcher. Over the last five seasons, he has the highest rate of groundball outs in the majors at 71.9 percent. The Rangers think Lowe could benefit from being backed by their strong infield defense.
Rangers sign RHP Derek Lowe; why Texas infield could benefit him
Dallas Morning News | Mar 7