Chances are good that Derek Lowe will become a free agent after being designated for assignment by the Texas Rangers. (Image Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports)

Texas Rangers Designate Derek Lowe for Assignment


Derek Lowe has been designated for assignment by the Texas Rangers in an effort to create an opening on the team’s active roster for Josh Lindblom, according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram. Lowe’s $1.125 Million salary and poor performance on the mound will likely prevent another team from claiming him off of waivers, suggesting that he’ll be end up back on the free agent market once the Rangers release him.

Lowe had joined the Rangers late in Spring Training on a minor league deal and ended up winning a spot on the Opening Day roster, guaranteeing his salary. He’s thrown 13.0 IP for the Rangers on the year, allowing 13 runs on 16 hits. A ground ball pitcher throughout his career, Lowe’s been hit hard on the year, giving up three home runs in his nine appearances. Lowe has thrown more than 2,600 innings in his MLB career and has seen success as both a starter and reliever, but the production hasn’t been there since the end of the 2010 season. Since he’s a combined 19-28 with a 5.23 ERA in 342.2 IP, adding a 1.553 WHIP, 3.3 BB/9, and 5.3 K/9.

It’s tough to predict whether another team will be willing to give him another chance at a Major League bullpen unless he expresses a willingness to pitch in the minor leagues first. He’d only cost a pro-rated portion of the league minimum for the remainder of the season (Texas would be on the hook for the remainder of his salary) but Lowe is going to turn 40 on June 1st and hasn’t shown much on the mound. It’s questionable whether he’s done enough to justify another opportunity.

Lindblom was one of the two players that Texas received in their December trade that sent Michael Young to the Philadelphia Phillies. He’ll be making his Rangers debut with the callup, as he’s spent the season at Triple-A. In 43.1 IP over eight appearances (seven starts) he’s 4-0 with a 2.08 ERA and 0.877 WHIP.

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  • Arlington Ed

    Is Michael Kirkman out of options and unlikely to make it through waivers? That would seem to be the best explanation for why Derek Lowe was DFA’ed by the Texas Rangers yesterday rather than Kirkman.

    Sure, Kirkman’s a lefty who touches 96 m.p.h. on the radar gun, but he’s as wild as King Kong – just check his WHIP. Lowe’s WHIP this season, while mediocre, was better than it’s been during recent successful seasons, and by all accounts he’s a boon in the clubhouse to young ptichers; Kirkman’s, at 2, is godawful. When does Kirkman run out of chances?

    Do you think Lowe will accept an assignment to Round Rock?

    If the Rangers don’t make it to the World Series this year a lot of the blame should go to the Rangers management for refusing to pony up for the likes of RPs Koji Uehara, Mike Adams and Darren O’Day – all former Rangers now having outstanding seasons elsewhere (well, OK – Adams just hit the DL, but
    that doesn’t mean he’ll take up residence there).

    Ed in Arlington

    • Aaron Somers

      Kirkman may be out of options, I’m honestly not sure. It certainly sounds like a justifiable argument to DFA Lowe instead.

      Lowe has reportedly cleared waivers and now must decide if he’ll accept the assignment to Triple-A. I don’t expect that he will, but I’ve been wrong before.