By Tim Polzer
March 06, 2013

The Rangers are close to signing right-handed pitcher Derek Lowe to a minor-league deal with expectations of him becoming a swing starter/reliever with the major-league club, according to a tweet and report by Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News.

Lowe, 39, pitched for the Indians and Yankees in 2012 totaling 21 starts in Cleveland and 17 appearances in relief for New York. He compiled a 5.11 ERA with 3.5 K/9 and 3.2 BB/9 in 142 2/3 innings.

The Rangers reportedly have been looking at potential fifth starters -- including Kyle Lohse and Rick Porcello after Martin Perez was projected to miss four weeks with a fractured bone in his forearm

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