The Rangers have contacted free-agent right-hander Derek Lowe, said a source, and are discussing signing the veteran to a minor-league contract and a shot at a relief job.
Lowe, a starter for almost all of the past 11 seasons, would come to big-league camp as a candidate for the bullpen, an area where the Rangers have five openings. Lowe worked in relief last season with the Yankees after struggling as a starter with Cleveland.
He went 1-1 with a 3.04 ERA in 17 appearances with New York, and was an All-Star closer with Boston early in his career. He would join what is expected to be a mostly inexperience group of Rangers relievers outside of closer Joe Nathan and set-up man Jason Frasor.
-- Jeff Wilson