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Derek Lowe | Relief Pitcher

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (41) / 6/1/1973
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Derek Lowe has essentially retired from baseball.
The 40-year-old right-hander was released by the Rangers in late May and has not been able to latch on with a new club. "I'm officially no longer going to play the game," Lowe told Tom Pelissero of USA Today. "It's still enjoyable, but the role I was having wasn't fulfilling." Lowe enjoyed a 17-year major league career, posting a decent 4.03 ERA and 1.33 WHIP across 2,671 1/3 total innings. He played for seven different teams. Thu, Jul 18, 2013 09:33:00 AM
Source: USA Today

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Ranges released RHP Derek Lowe.

Lowe cleared waivers and was granted his unconditional release. The 39-year-old right-hander posted a 9.00 ERA in 13 innings with the Rangers and will look to continue his career elsewhere rather than accept an assignment to Triple-A Round Rock.
Thu, May 23, 2013 01:28:00 PM

Derek Lowe has cleared waivers.

Lowe will now either accept an assignment to Triple-A Round Rock or opt to become a free agent. The 39-year-old righty posted a 9.00 ERA in 13 innings with Texas.
Wed, May 22, 2013 04:12:00 PM

Rangers designated RHP Derek Lowe for assignment.

The move clears a spot for Monday's starter, Josh Lindblom. Lowe has struggled in a mop-up role this season, posting an ugly 9.00 ERA in 13 innings. The Rangers are paying him $1.25 million in 2013.
Mon, May 20, 2013 04:19:00 PM

Derek Lowe got the win against the Mariners on Saturday, pitching four perfect innings in relief of starter Nick Tepesch.

Tepesch left the game in the second inning after being hit by a line drive, forcing Lowe into action. He responded with four perfect innings, striking out one. Lowe now has a 2.35 ERA and 0.78 WHIP on the year, but as a long reliever, he has little fantasy value.
Sat, Apr 20, 2013 10:46:00 PM

Derek Lowe has won a spot on the Rangers' Opening Day roster.

Lowe has a 6.23 ERA in 8 2/3 innings of work this spring, though he has been unscored upon in two out of his three appearances. The veteran right-hander will function as a swingman out of the Rangers' bullpen.
Source: MLBlogs.com
Tue, Mar 26, 2013 01:13:00 PM

Derek Lowe was rocked for six runs over 3 2/3 innings against the Angels Thursday.

He allowed seven hits -- including a whopping four home runs -- to go along with a walk and a strikeout. Lowe went into the start having an outside shot at the fifth spot in the Rangers' rotation, but he can probably be officially pegged as a long reliever now.
Thu, Mar 21, 2013 10:35:00 PM

Derek Lowe cruised through his Rangers debut on Friday, allowing two hits and a walk over two scoreless innings against the Giants.

Lowe was signed on a minor league deal this offseason, but is expected to crack the Opening Day roster as a long reliever provided he doesn't completely fall on his face this spring. His days of fantasy relevance are long over, but his ability to eat innings should provide value to the Rangers.
Fri, Mar 15, 2013 08:07:00 PM

Rangers signed RHP Derek Lowe to a minor league contract.

Lowe will earn $1.25 million if he makes the Opening Day roster, which Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News says "almost certainly" will happen. It will be as a long reliever, though, as Lowe is not considered a candidate for the No. 5 spot in the rotation. That said, it's certainly possible he could be given a shot if others don't work out.
Wed, Mar 6, 2013 07:33:00 PM

According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, the Rangers are nearing a deal with Derek Lowe.

It would be a minor league contract but Lowe would be guaranteed a major league roster spot. The 39-year-old right-hander could work as a starter while Colby Lewis (elbow) and Martin Perez (forearm) recover from their respective injuries and then shift to a long relief role. It's a pretty nice fit for both player and team.
Wed, Mar 6, 2013 03:51:00 PM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Rangers are "talking to" free agent right-hander Derek Lowe.

Lowe would presumably join the race for the final spot in the Rangers' starting rotation if an agreement can be worked out. The 39-year-old right-hander posted a rough 5.11 ERA and 1.62 WHIP in 142 2/3 innings last season but Texas only needs a one- or two-month fill-in until Colby Lewis (elbow) or Martin Perez (arm) is ready.
Wed, Mar 6, 2013 03:33:00 PM

Derek Lowe told the Boston Globe that he's willing to pitch out of the bullpen.

Lowe had been marketing himself strictly as a starter this offseason, but has struggled to attract interest in free agency, and recently turned down a minor league deal with the Rockies. While he's still holding out for a guaranteed contract, Lowe finally realized that his only chance of signing with a team will be as a reliever. The 39-year-old has declined in each of the past two seasons and posted a 5.11 ERA and 1.62 WHIP in 142 2/3 innings between the Indians and Yankees in 2012.
Sun, Feb 10, 2013 09:24:00 PM

According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the Rockies contacted free agent Derek Lowe recently to discuss the possibility of signing him to a minor league contract.

Lowe told the Colorado front office that he is waiting for a major league contract offer, but perhaps he will grow restless once camp opens. The 39-year-old right-hander posted an ugly 5.11 ERA and 1.62 WHIP in 142 2/3 innings last season between the Indians and Yankees.
Tue, Feb 5, 2013 05:54:00 PM

The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo reports that Derek Lowe has heard from five teams, "all of which want him to be a swingman."

Lowe has turned down the offers, though, as the 39-year-old wants to be guaranteed a spot in a rotation despite posting a 5.11 ERA and 1.62 WHIP in 142 2/3 innings this past season. "I’ve heard the same thing from everyone," Lowe said. "I want to be a starter and feel I have a lot left in being a regular starter in a rotation and making my 30-plus starts. I can still do that. It’s frustrating to see other starters who have come off injuries get a shot, and I’ve never been hurt and can still help a team. I’m sure things will get going for me in January. I want to pitch. I’m nowhere near ready to retire."
Mon, Dec 24, 2012 11:46:00 AM

Derek Lowe wants to find a starting gig this winter.

"I would like to start again," the 39-year-old free agent told the New York Post. "I knew when I came here I was going to be a reliever. My first priority is to start." The 39-year-old right-hander had a 5.11 ERA and 1.62 WHIP in 142 2/3 innings this season between the Indians and Yankees.
Mon, Oct 22, 2012 11:38:00 AM

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4Jorge Alfaro
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2B1Rougned Odor
2Jurickson Profar
3Tommy Field
SS1Elvis Andrus
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LF1Jake Smolinski
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CF1Leonys Martin
2Delino DeShields Jr.
3Antoan Richardson
RF1Shin-Soo Choo
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3Matt Harrison
4Colby Lewis
5Ross Detwiler
6Nick Martinez
7Nick Tepesch
8Martin Perez
9Luke Jackson
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3Tanner Scheppers
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11Spencer Patton
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