Dodgers Add Mark Lowe to Crowded Bullpen

Per Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com — and, I might add, a fellow BU Terrier — the Dodgers have signed reliever Mark Lowe to a minor-league deal with an invite to camp. Crasnick adds that Lowe would get a base salary of $1.5m if he makes the team, with incentives that could push the deal up to $2.1m. At least five other teams had interest in Lowe, who had been with Texas since being part of the Cliff Lee deal with Seattle in 2010.

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I find that last part interesting, because as we’ve been discussing, the Dodgers really don’t have a ton of room in their bullpen — in fact, they have more reasonable options than spots available. Still, I’m happy with this, because you can never have too many relievers and Lowe, while inconsistent, has had his moments, as we discussed on January 31:

Then there’s Lowe, who is the only one I believe the Dodgers actually have interest in, given that not only did we hear reports of such interest in December, but all the way back in 2009. Lowe came up through the Seattle system with heat that touched triple digits, but missed much of 2006 and 2007 after undergoing microfracture surgery on his right elbow. He made it back to spend most of 2008 and 2009 in the bigs, then had back surgery in 2010 and went to Texas as part of the Cliff Lee deal while on the disabled list. Lowe pitched decently if not exactly fantastically (4.32 FIP) for Texas in 2012, though he did miss more than a month with a right intracostal strain. It should be noted that he carried a 2.00 ERA into September, but a brutal month (seven earned runs in four innings) pushed that up to 3.43. ERA! For relievers!

Lowe doesn’t turn 30 until June and still carries some potential in that big arm, though strictly as a ROOGY thanks to a big platoon split.

Obviously, he’s had his share of injury concerns, so he’s not someone you want to count on; still, a guy on the right side of 30 with some track record of big-league success is nice piece to add on a no-risk non-roster invite. You do wonder how he fits into a Dodger bullpen that already has to figure out how to potentially add a starting pitcher or two to the core group of Kenley Jansen / Brandon League / J.P. Howell / Ronald Belisario / Matt Guerrier, plus accommodate Javy Guerra & Shawn Tolleson fighting for jobs, and eventually work Scott Elbert back into the mix when he’s healthy — not to mention other NRIs like Peter Moylan.

That said, Lowe is hardly the kind of guy who demands you make room for him — if he was, he wouldn’t be coming on a non-guaranteed deal — so it’s a pretty nice problem to have. I’ll tell you this, though… more than ever, “Guerrier” really sticks out like a sore thumb among those names above. We’ve barely heard his name at all this winter, but it wouldn’t surprise me at all if he was elsewhere by April.

Back to Lowe — some upside, no risk. You wish every deal was like that, so well done.

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capnsparrow
capnsparrow

Goat is trending worlwide on twitter! Then he got mad cus he wanted some privacy and they are trying to talk him down   http://goo.gl/DNSx7

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

Who was the dude that got on a plane in NYC and said "See ya, ya bunch of freezin bitches"?

Batted Bob
Batted Bob

@DavidWaldstein: Piazza's recollections of #Mets are nothing compared to his rips of the #Dodgers. Loved the Mets by comparison.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

I managed to stay awake until 9 or so last night, meaning that the all-nighter didn't fuck up my sleep schedule too much.  Success!

The Monocle
The Monocle

I have a box full of Dodgers bobbleheads from roughly 200-2009 including a Jeff Kent signed one.  WTF do I with those shits?

DodgerRob
DodgerRob

Great News! Mark Prior is in the best condition of his life!

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

i was like 3.0 TLR then i spent and hour and a half riding home from century city (45 miles) and now i'm like -1.0 TLR. 

 

Sometimes i just fucking hate LA

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

Just played some Command and Conquer: Red Alert 2. That sure took me back

efb
efb

Who's excited for a new Walking Dead tomorrow?

Batted Bob
Batted Bob

@capnsparrow I thought he tweeted his flight got cancelled

Batted Bob
Batted Bob

@The Monocle make a stop motion animation film with them.

HiiiiEVERYBODY (HiiiiEVERYBODY)
HiiiiEVERYBODY (HiiiiEVERYBODY)

 @the_real_paulblah. Dwight Howard seems like such a diva. I forgot who it was on ESPN radio that made a good point on how Howard hasn't had anyone to push him throughout his whole career considering how he was drafted straight out of high school to a team in Orlando that had no established veteran leader. Now he's in a big market team with high expectations along with a veteran motivator in Kobe. I wouldn't care if he didn't extend his Laker tenure after the season ends.

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

 @the_real_paul Them fuckers better win tomorrow cus Utah lost tonight. they can grab a full game on them and gain ground on portland tomorrow.

Guitar
Guitar

 @efb They totally butchered the graphic novel source material = major turnoff for me

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

 @Disgruntled Goat   @Bob Meripol The single stupidest move The Dodgers ever made was dumping Piazza. Piazza, for his part should have been more of a man about it. And I still say Clemens brought the bitch out in him when he earholed him. No catcher who fills his cup would have let that bastard get away with that shit. Then in the Series he showed us Piazza was a bitch again when he launched a busted bat at him. Both times Piazza proved hes a fuckin coward when it comes to mixing it up.

Batted Bob
Batted Bob

@Disgruntled Goat I guess he didn't like getting traded

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

 @EephusBlue I don't remember a single thing wrong with that game. It's one of my all time favorites

Paulstralia
Paulstralia

 @HiiiiEVERYBODY I try not to get caught up in NBA drama, since I assume a lot of it is contrived and, well, not particularly interesting anyway. We traded one giant headcase for a smaller headcase. Square deal.

Batted Bob
Batted Bob

@Disgruntled Goat dark age dodger

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @DeucesWild Only problem was RUssia was waaaaay more powerful in head to head with those damn double barrel tanks

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

 @Antonio_G  @the_real_paul Clips are as good as in the playoffs. Lakers will get in if they band together and shut up and play hard. But Gasol being out hurts more than I like. Mostly I want to see Simmons, Rose and them 2 piece of shit alley cats Smith and Bayless shown to be the bitch assed cock suckers they are.