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Right-handed reliever Mark Lowe officially became a Tiger on Tuesday. He flew from Portland to Detroit, completed his physical and signed a two-year deal worth $11 million ($5.5. million per year).

“We knew quite a bit about him, as far as his makeup and ability,” Avila said. “We even checked with Lloyd McClendon, our new coach in Toledo, who had him in Seattle. Ian Kinsler is close to him and spoke highly of him, as well. We know we’ve got a good guy in the clubhouse and a good guy on the mound.”

Avila and Ausmus both said they expect Lowe to be the eighth-inning setup man for closer Francisco Rodriguez.

“He’s got a swing-and-miss slider and his velocity was up as high as it had been in a few years,” Ausmus said.

Avila acknowledged that it came down to Lowe and former Tiger Joakim Soria, but Lowe was their top target from the beginning.

“At the end of the day, Mark Lowe wanted to come to Detroit and Joakim Soria wanted to go to Kansas City,” Avila said. “That’s why this happened the way it did.”