Detroit Tigers reliever Mark Lowe struggled in his first season in the Motor City. Initially a late-inning option for Brad Ausmus, Lowe was eventually demoted to working in blowouts.
Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila did a solid job in rebuilding the team’s bullpen.
Part of the general manager’s strategy to rebuild the unit included signing reliever Mark Lowe.
The 33-year-old was coming off an excellent 2015 campaign split between Seattle and Toronto.
Starting the year in the Pacific Northwest, Lowe thrived pitching as one of then-manager Lloyd McClendon’s top setup relievers. The veteran posted a 1.00 ERA and a 1.88 FIP—not to mention 47 strikeouts—in just 36 innings pitched.
Following a mid-season trade to the Blue Jays, Lowe registered a 3.79 ERA and a 3.87 FIP in 19 innings pitched.
Avila and the Tigers inked the reliever in the offseason to a two-year deal. Per Spotrac, Lowe made $5.5 million last year and is slated to make the same amount during the 2018 season.
Here’s a recap of Lowe’s first season in a Tigers uniform. Additionally, will he return in 2017?