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Thursday, December 10, 2020

Rays’ Nate Lowe: Traded to Rangers

Lowe was traded from the Rays to the Rangers on Thursday in exchange for outfielder Heriberto Hernandez and other prospects, Mark Feinsand of reports.

Lowe spent the final month of the regular season in the majors, slashing .224/.316/.433 with four home runs and 11 RBI over 21 games. However, he was left off the Rays’ roster for the entirety of the postseason. The 25-year-old should compete for a major-league roster spot with the Rangers during spring training.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 10, 2020 at 02:40 PM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 10, 2020 at 03:18 PM (#5993591)
Here is the complete, official deal:

The Rangers have acquired 1B Nate Lowe and 1B Jake Guenther, along with a player to be named later, from the INF Osleivis Basabe, C/OF Heriberto Hernandez and OF Alexander Ovalles.
   2. Walt Davis Posted: December 10, 2020 at 04:17 PM (#5993607)
If the Rangers gave up any genuine talent in this deal, they made a mistake. Lowe is probably perfectly solid but also pretty fungible. Sure, he could be the next Luke Voit but I wonder if the Rays even had room for him on their 40-man. Hernandez had awesome rookie league numbers in 2019 but is now 21 and hasn't played in a year (will there be winter ball this year?).

But I learned one thing -- Heriberto is a much more common name than I realized. 33 show up in the b-r register.
   3. Ziggy: social distancing since 1980 Posted: December 10, 2020 at 05:26 PM (#5993626)
Lowe is probably perfectly solid but also pretty fungible.

Fungible? I'll accept "pretty solid", but he doesn't look fungible to me. His career MiLB line is 300/400/483, and that's pulled down by his time in A-ball. Since then he's been slugging >500 in the minors. MLB performance so far has been fungible, but also pretty limited. I'd say an Anthony Rizzo style future is possible. (Actually, maybe Walt agrees with me. Luke Voit just led the league in home runs, which is not something I'd expect from Lowe.)

All three guys the Rays got back are teenagers who played well in the low minors in 2019. Basically three lottery tickets. So, eh, it sounds like MLB teams are thinking more in line with Walt than with me.

And you've got to feel for Jake Guenther. Usually you're happy when a guy at your position but ahead of you on the depth chart gets traded - and then you find out you were traded in the same deal.
   4. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: December 10, 2020 at 05:57 PM (#5993639)
Somewhere out there, a Rangers fan thought this was Brandon Lowe and will be disappointed.
   5. sotapop Posted: December 11, 2020 at 10:54 AM (#5993708)
I wonder if this isn't about the Rays' MLB-level infield logjam. With Wander Franco likely ready, and Vidal Brujan right behind him, that means they need to shuffle/drop Willy Adames, Brandon Lowe, Joey Wendle, Ji-Man Choi, Yandy Diaz and Mike Brosseau.

At one point the Rays had Brandon Lowe slotted at first base, and he's clearly the better hitter and defender of the similarly-spelled (but differently pronounced) infielders.
   6. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 11, 2020 at 11:33 AM (#5993712)
One thing that sucks about the Rays approach is young guys don't get a chance to play a full season and see what they are.
   7. Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: December 11, 2020 at 01:06 PM (#5993724)
I don't have a strong opinion about anyone involved in this trade. However I will say fairly confidently that in a trade between the Tampa Bay Rays and another MLB team the Rays are going to wind up better off.
   8. Walt Davis Posted: December 11, 2020 at 06:38 PM (#5993763)
Perhaps my frequently sloppy, inconsistent use of the modifier "pretty" is the issue. Here "pretty fungible" meant as "probably not fungible but not that hard to find either." I'd probably rather have Lowe than Santana but still Santana was just 2/$15 which might be an overpay. I'd rather have him than Gurriel but that was just 1/$7.5. I'd rather have him (esp with years of control) than Moreland but Moreland usually goes for $2-5 M per year. Teams just decided that Rosario and Schwarber weren't worth 1/$10. Or just look at the Rays roster -- Choi, Tsutsugo, Brousseau, Jose Martinez all got as much or more PT than Lowe (and pretty sure at least 3 of them were on the opening day roster while he wasn't). He's clearly better than Jose Martinez at this point and maybe he was just more tradable than the other guys but "can't break into lineup in place of Choi and Tsutsugo" sounds pretty fungible.

Also just standard anti-Rays paranoia. If the Rays are trading a player with a full 6 years of control left, you can be confident they either don't think the guy is much good or they like the return and Jon Daniels/Chris Young should simply assume the Rays are smarter than they are.
   9. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: December 11, 2020 at 07:12 PM (#5993765)
Alexander Ovalles.

Why do they call him Ovalles? The ball is round. His cap is round. They should call him "Roundes."
   10. Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: December 11, 2020 at 09:12 PM (#5993773)
It’s gold Slivers! GOLD!
   11. Walt Davis Posted: December 11, 2020 at 10:37 PM (#5993780)
This article suggests Hernandez is a solid prospect and therefore looks to me like too much to give up for Lowe. They claim he was #3 in the Rangers system and #112 overall at fangraphs. Obviously the gap between #112 and the majors remains very large but it's a lot smaller than the gap between lottery ticket and the majors. On the other hand, maybe this means the Rays and Rangers both thing Lowe has a decent shot to be above-average.

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