According to multiple reports, the Detroit Tigers are closing in on a 2-year deal with free agent relief pitcher Mark Lowe. The 32-year old Lowe split the 2015 season with the Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays, and has a career 3.80 ERA to go along with a 9-24 record. He had arguably his best season last year when he finished with a sub 2 ERA (1.96) and 61 strikeouts in 55 innings pitched. While his role with the Tigers is still up for debate, he will most likely serve as an 8th inning set up man for closer Francisco Rodriguez.
Reliever Mark Lowe is closing in on a 2-year deal with #Tigers, source says. Setup man for K-Rod.
— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) December 7, 2015
As of now, #Tigers bullpen could be K-Rod, Lowe, Wilson, Fulmer, Hardy, Lobstein and Boyd or Rondon, if he gets his act together.
— Tony Paul (@TonyPaul1984) December 7, 2015
The Tigers are quietly having a real successful off-season under GM Al Avila, and we can expect there will be more signings in days to come at the MLB Winter Meetings. Already they’ve signed a closer, set up man, premier starting pitcher, and added outfield depth. It’s nice to see Avila and Co. fixing the problems Dombrowski couldn’t: The Bullpen.