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Tigers sign Mark Lowe to 2-year, $11 million deal

The reliever will head to Detroit to serve as the setup man for Francisco Rodriguez.

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The Tigers have agreed to a 2-year deal with free-agent reliever Mark Lowe, as first reported by ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Lowe will receive $11 million.

Lowe, 32, is one of many late-inning relievers whose market picked up in the wake of Ryan Madson agreeing to terms with the Athletics and Darren O'Day appearing to be on the verge of returning to Baltimore. Lowe has drawn interest from many teams this winter after a surprising season in which he posted a 1.96 ERA in 57 appearances with the Mariners and Blue Jays.

Lowe will serve as the setup man for fellow new acquisition Francisco Rodriguez, who was acquired in a trade with the Brewers last month. Detroit has considered many back-end bullpen options, including former Tiger Joakim Soria, who was finalizing a 3-year deal with the Royals late Sunday night.