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March 06, 2013

Rangers sign Derek Lowe to minor-league deal

Spring camp hasn’t reached its midway point yet, but apparently enough has transpired to leave the Texas Rangers wanting more options for their pitching staff.

They found one Wednesday, and veteran right-hander Derek Lowe will be in big-league camp Friday.

The Rangers announced that they signed Lowe to a minor-league deal. A source said that Lowe will make $1.25 million if he makes the Opening Day roster and could max out at $1.7 million if he reaches all incentive bonuses.

He will get a look first as a reliever, but his recent history could make him a candidate to work in the rotation.

Though a starter almost exclusively the past 11 seasons, the 39-year-old Lowe has experience as a reliever. Most recently, he was a late-season addition by the Yankees in 2012 and posted a 3.04 ERA in 17 appearances/23.3 innings after struggling as a starter in Cleveland.

"Derek gives us a versatile vetern option for the staff," general manager Jon Daniels said. "He threw well last year in New York out of the pen."

Lowe also was an All-Star closer for Boston in 2000, when he saved 42 games.

-- Jeff Wilson

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