It was tweeted by ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick this evening that representatives from the Milwaukee Brewers (along with other teams) were in attendance at a workout involving three free agent pitchers.
— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) January 31, 2013
That would be Mark Lowe, Ryan Roland-Smith and Kip Wells.
The Brewers were previously connected to Mark Lowe this off-season as a player who they could be of interest in. There’s no word whether he was their only reason to attend this throwing session but that they were at least there to see him would make sense.
All three men are pitchers with varying degrees of experience and success at the big league level.
Mark Lowe, 29, is a 6’3″ right-handed relief pitcher who has pitched parts of the last seven seasons in the majors. He first broke in with Seattle and has spent the last 2+ seasons with Texas. He’s posted consecutive sub-4.00 ERA campaigns (3.80 and 3.43 respectively). He is coming off the best full season in his career, having posted a 133 ERA+ in 2012.
Ryan Rowland-Smith is a 30-year-old southpaw swing man who last pitched in the majors in 2010 with the Seattle Mariners. He spent 2011 in the Astros’ minors and then 2012 with the Cubs’ AAA affiliate. He made 21 starts in 24 games in 2011 but just eight in 30 games last year.
Kip Wells is a righty who also stands in at 6’3″ though he is the oldest of this trio at 35 years of age. After a two-year absence from The Show, Wells made seven starts with the San Diego Padres between June 26th and August 1st. He had only one scoreless outing and allowed at least two earned runs in all six of his other outings.
We’ll see if anything develops out of this news but I certainly wanted to pass it along.