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Oakland A's run at Mark Lowe indicates free agent relievers still in play after Ryan Madson signing

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The Athletics made a run at free agent reliever Mark Lowe, according to Ken Rosenthal at FOX Sports. What does that indicate for Oakland's moves this week?

Mark Lowe has reportedly signed with the Detroit Tigers after the A's made a run at him.
Mark Lowe has reportedly signed with the Detroit Tigers after the A's made a run at him.
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The Oakland Athletics tried to sign free agent reliever Mark Lowe, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports:

Lowe's signing comes about 24 hours after the A's reportedly completed signing Madson to a three-year, $22 million deal pending a physical, with word that the Tigers were nearing completion of a deal Sunday night. Late on Sunday, Rosenthal offered this explanation for the A's giving Madson Oakland's first three-year deal to a free agent reliever since signing Arthur Rhodes before the 2004 season:

That the A's were still a player for Lowe after coming to terms with Madson indicates that the A's are still looking to make splashes in the free agent reliever market, especially for right-handers. We're now entering the second- and third-tier free agent reliever signings, which should be much less expensive than the O'Day-Soria-Madson trio at the top of the market. Tyler Clippard is the only one I could see hanging around in that top tier, and then you start to drop down into that second tier of relievers.

If Oakland is concentrating its dollars on having more right-handed bullpen options, there are plenty to choose from:

Signed free agent right-handed relievers and top unsigned relievers
Signed? Official? Years
Money
($MM)
Options/Incentives
Darren O'Day BAL Pending 4 $31.00
Joakim Soria KC Pending 3 $25.00 Mutual 4th
Ryan Madson OAK Pending 3 $22.00 Up to $1.25 based on games finished
Mark Lowe DET Pending 2 $13.00
Trevor Cahill CHC Pending 1 $4.25
Jim Johnson ATL Yes 1 $2.50
Bud Norris ATL Yes 1 $2.50
Justin De Fratus SEA Yes 1 $0.75
Tyler Clippard
Tommy Hunter
Steve Cishek
Shawn Kelley
Jonathan Broxton
Joe Blanton
Matt Albers
Matt Belisle
Blaine Boyer
Carlos Villanueva