3/27/2013 7:15 P.M. ET
Angels looking for Lowe to help solidify bullpen
By William Boor / MLB.com
TEMPE, Ariz. -- In an attempt to bolster their bullpen, the Angels signed right-hander Mark Lowe to a Minor League contract on Wednesday.
The 29-year old Lowe was released by the Dodgers on Sunday and had allowed four earned runs in 8 2/3 innings this spring.
"It was a good Spring Training," Lowe said. "I accomplished what I wanted to accomplish, there are just a lot of guys over there, a lot of arms."
Lowe spent the 2012 season with the Rangers, for whom he appeared in 36 games and posted a 3.43 ERA. Angels manager Mike Scioscia believes Lowe still has quality stuff in his arsenal.
"His stuff looks every bit of what he's had the last three or four years," Scioscia said. "He's got a power arm and if he's throwing the ball the way we anticipate, there's no doubt he will have an opportunity to help in the 'pen."
The Angels were slated to get their first look at Lowe on Wednesday during a bullpen session. He will get another glance at some point during the upcoming Freeway Series.
Lowe said he would not object to starting the season in the Minors, although he would obviously like to start with the Major League club.
While Lowe is certainly a late addition, he can help solidify a bullpen that has underperformed for the Angels throughout the Cactus League season.
"I think some of the guys obviously are coming [along] slowly," Scioscia said. "Some of the guys who have been fighting for spots have not shown their best stuff. Some things have not gotten as settled as we would have liked."
Williams enjoys better results against Rangers
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Heading into Wednesday's outing against the Rangers, Angels right-hander Jerome Williams' approach was simple.
"Just go out there, throw strikes and attack the zone," Williams said.
The 31-year-old Williams was coming off a rough outing, allowing seven runs on 11 hits in just 1 1/3 innings against Texas on March 21.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia did not exactly give Williams a vote of confidence following the bad outing six days ago. Prior to Wednesday's game, the skipper made it clear he wanted to see strong results from his reliever.
"Jerome had a rough outing and had to do a lot of his work in the bullpen," Scioscia said. "He needs to come out and get outs. We're past the point of stretching guys out, we are past the point of really working on stuff. We need to get outs."
Williams logged 3 2/3 innings against the Rangers on Wednesday and aside from two early runs, was able to get decent results. He allowed six hits and zero walks, while recording six strikeouts in lowering his Spring Training ERA to 9.00.
Despite the high ERA and documented spring struggles, Williams feels he is ready for Opening Day and the regular season.
"I was healthy the whole spring," Williams said. "My arm feels strong, I got my pitches in there and I feel fine heading into the season."
Angels acquire pitchers De La Rosa, Ramirez
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Angels traded right-handed pitcher Steve Geltz to the Rays on Wednesday, one day after optioning him to Triple-A Salt Lake.
In exchange for Geltz, who will be assigned to the Rays' Triple-A affiliate, the Angels received right-hander Dane De La Rosa.
De La Rosa was reassigned to Triple-A by the Rays on March 23, but spent part of the past two seasons with Tampa Bay. He has a 3.75 career ERA in nine seasons.
De La Rosa was not the only move of the day as the Angels also acquired right-hander Elvin Ramirez from the Mets for cash considerations.
Ramirez spent 2012 throughout the Mets organization and posted a 5.48 ERA in 20 Major League appearances.
Ramirez will be added to the Angels' 40-man roster.
Angels reliever Ryan Madson threw another bullpen session prior to Wednesday's game against the Rangers.
"It's good to see him take some steps forward," Scioscia said. "Not going to get too excited until I see him throw a bullpen 100 percent."
William Boor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.