Mark Lowe among 3 Minor League signings
Lowe is one of three players with Major League experience who have signed Minor League deals with camp invites, the club announced Wednesday. The other two are right-handed pitcher Justin Germano and infielder Carlos Rivero.
Lowe, a nine-year MLB veteran, posted a 3.95 ERA in 162 games for Seattle from 2006-10 before being sent to Texas as part of the Cliff Lee deal that brought Justin Smoak, Blake Beavan, Josh Lueke and Matt Lawson in return.
The 31-year-old spent most of last year with the Indians’ Triple-A Columbus club and was 4-3 with 17 saves and a 5.62 ERA in 41 appearances, but did pitch seven games for the Indians with a 3.86 ERA (three earned runs in seven innings) with 10 hits, six walks, six strikeouts and two home runs.
Lowe was a fifth-round Draft pick of the Mariners in 2004. He pitched three seasons in Texas, one with the Angels and then last year in the Indians organization since leaving Seattle. He has a career 4.16 ERA and 1.468 WHIP in 271 games.
Germano is another right-handed veteran who spent most of the past two years in the Minors in the Blue Jays, Dodgers and Rangers organizations. He pitched 24 games (23 starts) with Round Rock and Albequerque in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League last season, with a 5-14 record and 5.02 ERA in 145 1/3 innings.
The 32-year-old has a career 10-30 record and 5.40 ERA over nine seasons with seven different clubs. He pitched two games in relief for the Rangers last year, allowing seven runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings. Germano’s last significant stint in the Majors was in 2012 when he pitched 13 games, including 12 starts, while going 2-10 with a 6.75 ERA for the Cubs.
Rivero, 26, made his Major League debut for the Red Sox last season and went 4-for-7 with two doubles, a home run and three RBIs in four games. The Mariners claimed him off waivers in November, then designated him for assignment several weeks later to open space on their 40-man roster.
But Seattle wants to keep Rivero in the organization and re-signed him to a Minor League deal. Rivero has played mostly shortstop and third base in his pro career, along with a little outfield work. He hit .264 with seven home runs and 53 RBIs in 105 games last year while splitting time between the Red Sox’s Double-A and Triple-A clubs.
Rivero currently leads the Venezuelan Winter League in home runs (14), RBIs (42), extra-base his (23) and is third in slugging percentage (.564) while hitting .282 in 48 games for Cardenales de Lara.