Lowe disappointed didn't make Rays, but "no hard feelings"
Veteran reliever Mark Lowe was granted his release from the Rays today, and while he was disappointed he didn't make the team, he said there's "no hard feelings" and he'd be open to a potential return.
Lowe, 30, said he had the best spring of his career, and is in contact with a number of teams, hoping to hop on to an Opening Day roster. The eight-year veteran said he wasn't shocked he didn't make the Rays, as much as they were a "perfect fit."
"I knew there was a pretty packed house in the (Rays) bullpen and it's just the way it goes," Lowe said. "I couldn't have done anything different, that's basically what they told me. That's all I came here to do is make the decision hard for them."
Lowe did just that, going 1-0 with a .87 ERA, allowing just one earned run in 10 1/3 innings. But it appears the Rays are going with RHP Brandon Gomes and RHP Josh Lueke, who is out of options, in the bullpen, though it's not etched in stone yet due to questions of RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo's availability.
Lowe, who has a wife and young daughter here in Port Charlotte, said he was appreciative the Rays gave him a couple days heads up on their plans, saying they've been a "class act." Lowe said if it doesn't work out with other teams at the big-league level, he'd be open to coming back to Tampa Bay at Triple-A Durham.
"They're definitely at the top of my list," Lowe said. "I don't think that going to Triple-A is a fun thing to think absolutely, but that's a reality possibility. And I see no reason why not."
But Lowe is encouraged with how he felt, and threw, during the spring, believing he's done enough for a team to give him a chance.
"There's nothing else I would have changed," Lowe said. "Nothing else I could have done. I just have a lot of respect for (the Rays), and I think they're going to do really well."