"They're going to be a winning team, first and foremost," he said. "I've been on both sides of it. I've been on really good teams and I've been on really bad teams, and when you win, it makes things a lot more fun."
The Dodgers already had a deep bullpen before signing Lowe, but as manager Don Mattingly pointed out, relievers can fluctuate from one season to the next. Trying out free agents such as Lowe and fellow right-hander Kevin Gregg helps the club keep their options open.
"He's a guy that's got a great arm, has had success, and a guy that really gets an opportunity to show what he can do," Mattingly said.
It's an opportunity Lowe appreciates.
"Any time you're healthy and you're pitching, there's a good feeling, regardless of if it's on a Major League contract, Minor League contract," Lowe said. "This is what I love to do, and it doesn't really matter what the opportunity is -- the fact is that I'm pitching and I'm competing. I'm doing what I like to do."
In addition to a slider, a circle change, and a mid-90s fastball, the 29-year-old Lowe also brings some veteran experience to the table.
"I've been around for a while, and I've been on good teams and have pitched in the World Series a couple times," he said, referring to appearances he made with the Rangers in 2010-11.
Lowe's contract provides him with an out on March 31 if he doesn't make the Major League roster. Should another club show interest, that's likely the path Lowe would take. If not, he could find himself at a crossroads, having to decide whether or not he'll step down to the Minors to continue his baseball career. However, the pitcher's focus is on the present, not on hypothetical what-ifs.
"I'm not even thinking about that right now," he said. "I'm just going to do what I know I can do and see what happens."