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Morosi: Rays “Checked In” on Mark Lowe

The Rays have shown interest in former Rangers reliever Mark Lowe, according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports.

Lowe, 29, is coming off a season in that he posted the best ERA+ of his career. That accomplishment came despite pitching in Arlington, and despite missing time with an intercostal strain. Yet Lowe is an underachiever even with the solid surface-level results. His stuff borders on phenomenal. He doesn’t need a leg kick in order to sit around 95 mph—and that’s a few ticks lower than his past averages. His slider is a knockout offering that he feels comfortable using against righties and lefties. Lowe has dumped his changeup, but his struggles against lefties remain. He doesn’t miss bats like he should because of command woes and has struggled to stay healthy—he’s missed time in each of the past three seasons.

Without those problems, Lowe would likely be eyeing a big-dollar free-agent deal as a closer, rather than receiving looks as a middle reliever. As is, those warts may leave Lowe in Tampa Bay’s price range, and may leave him as the club’s next bullpen reclamation project—if you can apply that tag to a pitcher with a 133 ERA+ in the previous season.

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  1. […] Lowe’s name sounds familiar, it’s because the Rays were tied to him last year. He signed with the Dodgers instead, opted out late in camp, and spent most of the season in the […]

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