The Dodgers and Mark Lowe had basically been dancing around for a couple weeks and finally came to an agreement on Friday.
If Lowe makes the team as a non-roster invitee, he'll earn a $1.5 million base salary. With incentives, he could earn $2.1 million.
Lowe's 2012, despite a nice ERA (3.43), didn't really pitch all that well. His 4.32 FIP was on the high side and his groundball rate dipped considerably compared to his career rate. Despite giving up just five home runs, he did so in 39 1/3 innings, for a HR/FB rate of 9.4 percent, which is just average.
Lowe is much more effective against right-handed hitters than lefties in his career:
vs. RHP: .234/.309/.330, six home runs allowed in 615 plate appearances
vs. LHP: .287/.361/.504, 22 home runs allowed in 534 plate appearances
The data suggest Lowe should be a ROOGY, if he even makes the team. The Dodgers already have a potentially full bullpen, as well as a guy like Peter Moylan, who is also a non-roster invitee....