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Dodgers add Lowe to bullpen with Minor League deal


LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers have added to their bullpen depth by signing free-agent pitcher Mark Lowe to a Minor League contract.

Lowe, 29, pitched in 36 games for the Rangers last year and missed time with a strained side muscle. He went to the Rangers from Seattle in the 2010 Cliff Lee trade.

Lowe would earn $1.5 million if he makes the Major League roster, according to ESPN.com. But unless there is a new injury, the Dodgers have a loaded bullpen with closer Brandon League, setup men Kenley Jansen and Ronald Belisario, situational lefty J.P. Howell, as well as Javy Guerra, Matt Guerrier, Shawn Tolleson, Paco Rodriguez, Stephen Fife and Josh Wall.

In addition, if the top five starting pitchers are healthy, there isn't room for Chris Capuano, Aaron Harang and Ted Lilly.

However, Chad Billingsley, Lilly, Jansen, Guerra and Guerrier are coming off injuries that required them to miss considerable time last season.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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