The Milwaukee Brewers are in the market for an experienced relief pitcher. The organization is determined to walk away from the 2012 MLB winter meetings with at least one veteran reliever and right-hander Mark Lowe could very well be that guy.
The 29-year-old has suffered numerous injuries over the course of his career, including a pulled intercostal muscle that forced him to miss the entire month of July along with the end of June and the beginning of August this past season. This certainly has to be a concern for the Brewers, who are interested in ways to improve their Major League-worst 4.66 bullpen earned run average and not pay injury plagued players good money to miss more than a month of the season.
Lowe posted a 0-2 record with a 3.43 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 28 strikeouts and one hold in 39 1/3 innings with the Texas Rangers last season. He never exactly panned out how the Rangers had anticipated when they acquired him in a trade along with Cliff Lee from the Seattle Mariners in 2010. In fact, Lowe was pitching when St. Louis Cardinals slugger David Freese crushed the legendary walk-off home run in Game 6 of the 2011 World Series.
However, Milwaukee is not interested in his past as much as they are interested in what he can do for them in the future. The Brewers will do whatever it takes to rebuild their bullpen, even if it means taking a chance on a player filled with potential despite their history of injuries.
Lowe received $1.7 million in 2012, which means Milwaukee will probably not have to pay much more than that for a one-year contract. The Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels and Tampa Bay Rays have also shown interest in Lowe.
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