UPDATE: Tigers near agreement with righty Octavio Dotel

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The Brewers, Mets, Reds and Cardinals have also been involved in negotiations for veteran reliever Octavio Dotel at this week’s Winter Meetings, but it sounds like Detroit might come out on top.

According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Tigers are currently considered the “front-runner” for Dotel, who is expected to decide on a team soon.

Dotel registered a solid 3.50 ERA in 54 regular-season innings between the Blue Jays and Cardinals this past season before catching fire in the playoffs and helping St. Louis to a World Series title. The 38-year-old still has a hard fastball and is capable of dominating right-handed hitters with his slider and curve.

UPDATE: FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Tigers have made an “aggressive” offer to Dotel.

UPDATE II: Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says it’s down to the Tigers and Cardinals.

UPDATE III: According to CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler, the Tigers are now “closing in” on a deal.

Mark Lowe wants to attempt a comeback

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Reliever Mark Lowe wants to make a comeback, Jerry Crasnick reports. The 35-year-old veteran is working out in Portland, Oregon and would take an opportunity to pitch overseas as well as a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Lowe signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers back in January, but was cut in the middle of March and didn’t end up signing with another team. He last pitched in the majors in 2016 with the Tigers. Across parts of 11 seasons, Lowe has a career 4.22 ERA with 352 strikeouts and 163 walks in 385 2/3 innings. Lowe spent 2017 at Triple-A for the Mariners and White Sox, compiling a devilish 6.66 ERA in aggregate across 48 2/3 innings.