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Rays sign reliever Mark Lowe to minor league contract

Mark Lowe

Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Mark Lowe throws against the Cincinnati Reds in the 12th inning of a major league baseball game, Monday, April 1, 2013, in Cincinnati. Lowe was the winning pitcher in the game won by the Angels 3-1 in 13 innings. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)

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The Rays have their latest reclamation project, as ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the club has signed reliever Mark Lowe to a minor league contract. The deal includes an invitation to spring training.

Lowe, 30, posted a 9.26 ERA over 11 appearances with the Angels this season before he was given his release his June. He latched on with the Nationals from there, but pitched exclusively with Triple-A Syracuse before he opted out of his contract after being passed over for a September call-up.

Lowe compiled a 3.60 ERA over 177 appearances between the Mariners and Rangers from 2009-2012, so there’s rebound potential here. The Rays have earned the benefit of the doubt at this point, so it would probably be more surprising if he didn’t end up being a contributor in 2014.

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