The Texas Rangers have reportedly added right-handed pitcher Derek Lowe to their pitching rotation after the two sides completed a deal that will have the 39-year-old veteran begin his stint with the club in the minor leagues.
CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported the news via Twitter:
Derek Lowe has deal with #rangers. Brings versatility.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) March 7, 2013
According to The Dallas Morning News' Evan Grant, Lowe will not spend much time in the minors and is expected to be a part of the Rangers’ staff in 2013.
Lowe started this past season with the Cleveland Indians but was acquired by the New York Yankees midway through his campaign after Cleveland designated him for assignment. The move from Cleveland to New York also came with a switch from a starting role to one in the bullpen.
As a starter with the Indians, Lowe was 8-10 with a 5.52 ERA. With the Yankees, he had a 3.04 ERA as a setup man.
His experience, in addition to his ability to play multiple roles in the rotation, will be a boost to the Rangers.
Texas’ staff ultimately turned in an average performance this past season, finishing with a 3.99 team ERA that ranked 16th in baseball.
After reaching the World Series in 2010 and 2011, the Rangers' season came to a disappointing end when the Baltimore Orioles knocked them out in the one-game Wild Card playoff.
The Rangers lost star outfielder Josh Hamilton to free agency already, and the 2013 squad will need to find a way to remain an offensive juggernaut. But the pitching staff will also need to step up and be better than mediocre this season to make up for Hamilton’s absence.
Lowe brings experience, versatility and depth to the rotation, making him a wise signing for the team.