Red Sox, Rangers Discussing Trades

The Rangers met with the Red Sox this morning, reports MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan.  The Sox have interest in Rangers relievers Koji Uehara and Mark Lowe, while the Rangers like infielder Jed Lowrie.  Uehara and Lowe are both eligible for free agency after the 2012 season, while Lowrie is under team control through 2014.

The Orioles and other teams are interested in Uehara as well, but the Rangers still hold him in high regard despite his struggles late in the year for them.


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74 Comments on "Red Sox, Rangers Discussing Trades"


The_BiRDS
3 years 8 months ago

Now the Rangers are trying to unload relievers???

Rangersfan32
3 years 8 months ago

Well seeing as relievers are sort of a strength for us right now.. Lowe for Lowrie would be a good swap for both teams.

TigsTown
3 years 8 months ago

Rangers would be real tight with Lowrie and can definitely afford to shop relievers

GMwannabe
3 years 8 months ago

great swap for both teams??? only if the Rangers include a very large bottle of KY Jelly

Rangersfan32
3 years 8 months ago

Well the way I see it, Boston is looking for bullpen help, and the Rangers are looking for a utility guy. And it sure looks like that’s what these talks are revolving around. So if any trade is made, that would be the most realistic.

Rangersfan32
3 years 8 months ago

Well seeing as relievers are sort of a strength for us right now.. Lowe for Lowrie would be a good swap for both teams.

ChrisV
3 years 8 months ago

The market is full of relievers it would be easy to pick one up or trade for one, but as for utility infielders there is high demand and not much availability. Not to mention if the Rangers can somehow sign Wilson, and Buehrle chooses to sign with Texas that makes for a rotation of Wilson, Buehrle, Holland, Harrison, Ogando, Feliz, and Lewis. That is 7 guys…Two of them will end up in the already loaded bullpen of Nathan, Adams, probably Oliver, Feldman…etc. So, unloading relievers at least those two seem ok at this point. 

3 years 8 months ago

Makes sense, Rangers need someone to back up Andrus

3 years 8 months ago

If the red sox steal Koji from us, I will fight them.

This is karma for wearing my oriole shorts and longoria jersey to the last game of the year

Rangersfan32
3 years 8 months ago

Steal Koji from you? He’s a part of the Texas organization now and unless the Orioles GM is an idiot, I doubt he’d dish up enough to convince Texas to trade Koji back.

3 years 8 months ago

Relax. It was a joke. Sheesh.

Besides, the O’s have made it known that they want him back and Koji has made it known that he wants to come back to Baltimore

Rangersfan32
3 years 8 months ago

True but I highly doubt Baltimore has the prospects to pry Koji away from Texas.

torresjohnny87
3 years 8 months ago

would be a good trade for redsoxs dont want lowe tho

3 years 8 months ago

Do the Rangers really need another guy to play all over the IF? I would have thought that between their regulars (Beltre, Kinsler, Andus, and Moreland) that Young and Napoli would have been enough. Where do they expect to find enough playing time for these guys?

John McFadin
3 years 8 months ago

There is no possible way that Young will ever get to touch Shortstop again, so they need someone to back up Andrus.

Rangersfan32
3 years 8 months ago

Young is a DH 85% of the time. Napoli is a C and should be for 75 % of the games this next year. Which means we need a utility guy since Andres Blanco was let go.

ChrisV
3 years 8 months ago

Right now, aside from Young the Rangers have no one to back up in the infield so if lets say Kinsler gets injured which is prone to doing. Young would take over at 2nd, then that leaves no one to back him up or anyone else if another injury occurs or if someone needs rest etc. So a guy like Jed is a need right now, but for the price of Lowe? Yes. Uehara? No. Uehara gets past giving up HRs at the Ballpark in Arlington then he will be lights out. 

ChrisV
3 years 8 months ago

Right now, aside from Young the Rangers have no one to back up in the infield so if lets say Kinsler gets injured which is prone to doing. Young would take over at 2nd, then that leaves no one to back him up or anyone else if another injury occurs or if someone needs rest etc. So a guy like Jed is a need right now, but for the price of Lowe? Yes. Uehara? No. Uehara gets past giving up HRs at the Ballpark in Arlington then he will be lights out. 

gradylittle
3 years 8 months ago

I’ll take Uehara, he proved that he can pitch well in the AL East, would be a good addition to the bullpen. I think it’s a great return for Lowrie. 

Rangersfan32
3 years 8 months ago

I seriously doubt Texas would give up Koji for a utility guy that they don’t desperately need. A Lowrie for Lowe trade would be one that might get going since Lowe still hasn’t made a name in Texas.

gradylittle
3 years 8 months ago

What do you expect in return for a relief pitcher like Uehara then?

Rangersfan32
3 years 8 months ago

I’m not expecting anything. I fully believe Koji will be with Texas all season. There’s no reason to give Koji away after not even half a season in a Rangers uniform.

gradylittle
3 years 8 months ago

What do you expect in return for a relief pitcher like Uehara then?

commenter3346
3 years 8 months ago

Uehara has 1 year left on his deal and he’s home run prone. I don’t want him or Lowe.

3 years 8 months ago

If the Orioles were interested in Uehara, then why did they trade him away in the first place?

I am not trying to be a douche or anything, I just don’t really follow the Orioles.

wickedkevin
3 years 8 months ago

Thanks for Salty last year.  What else ya got?

3 years 8 months ago

No, no, Thank YOU!

Mike Napoli 2011- BA: .320 HR: 30 RBI: 75 OBP: .414
Jarod Saltalamaccia 2011- BA: .235 HR: 16 RBI: 56 OBP: .288

Rangersfan32
3 years 8 months ago

Thanks for Roman Mendez. Boston gave us a young, pitching prospect with #1 stuff and potential who’s quickly becoming one of our top prospects for a struggling catcher who couldn’t throw it back to the pitcher. Oh yeah, not to mention we replaced him with Mike Napoli. Have fun with Salty.

MadmanTX
3 years 8 months ago

Lowe and Uehara for Lowrie and Buchholz…we’ll even throw in Eric Gagne out of retirement again…just for laughs.

El_Bobo
3 years 8 months ago

That is a real laugh if you think they’re going to trade Buchholz for a reliever

John McFadin
3 years 8 months ago

Pretty awesome that you actually responded seriously to a post that basically screamed sarcasm.

El_Bobo
3 years 8 months ago

Wow really? I had no idea. I guess /s is needed for you guys

John McFadin
3 years 8 months ago

Pretty awesome that you actually responded seriously to a post that basically screamed sarcasm.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 8 months ago

So you took that and the Gagne throw in and thought he was serious?

YanksFanSince78
3 years 8 months ago

So you took that and the Gagne throw in and thought he was serious?

Rangersfan32
3 years 8 months ago

We can’t get anything past you can we superstar?

El_Bobo
3 years 8 months ago

/s wow. You guys are slow.

3 years 8 months ago

Lowrie has as much durability as J.D Drew. This would be a good move for the Sox, bad for Rangers.

johnsilver
3 years 8 months ago

You do realize Drew’s 1st 4 seasons he averaged 126 games? so much for that never on the field mentality most had until his last season when Drew was finally done for the most part and a blessing in disguise he was hurt in a way anyway.

GoAwayNow
3 years 8 months ago

126/162 = 78% He averaged missing more than a fifth of the season. That’s not great.

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

do want uehara

bigpat
3 years 8 months ago

Don’t really understand this from the Rangers perspective. I don’t think they really need Lowrie, aim for a lesser SS or utility man because they should be expecting Andrus to make 95% of the starts. I’d also prefer to see Lowrie get a shot at starting somewhere, because he still may have potential. SS is a very shallow position. 

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

lowrie is going to be a nice buy low guy for somebody out there. he crushes lefties and with a healed wrist could hold his own against righties. not a defensive asset, but is passable at all three positions

johnsilver
3 years 8 months ago

Not a defensive asset at SS, where most teams seem to always want him to play when his name pops up in trades.

A decent utility guy at the worst of it right now who ic capable of coming off of the bench in spurts and crushing the ball. Maybe he will be able to get rid of that injury tag one day. Hopefully so, somewhere.

Dan Gorgone
3 years 8 months ago

Sox have Aviles now, and don’t need Lowrie (and his constant injuries). Best of luck to him.

3 years 8 months ago

I don’t like this from the red sox side. There are so many relievers available. Why use your trade bait for something that you can get easily on the open market

M.Kit
3 years 8 months ago

best your going to get in any Lowrie deal

M.Kit
3 years 8 months ago

best your going to get in any Lowrie deal

M.Kit
3 years 8 months ago

Makes sense for Boston, Mike Avilles makes Lowrie expendable

M.Kit
3 years 8 months ago

Makes sense for Boston, Mike Avilles makes Lowrie expendable

0bsessions
3 years 8 months ago

Thanks, but no thanks, I’ve had enough trade a guy we project as a backup to the Rangers for a reliever to last me a lifetime. I’d take Uehara, but Lowrie for Lowe is a massive overpay even considering Lowrie’s injury history. Lowe’s peripherals are just absolutely hideous.

0bsessions
3 years 8 months ago

Thanks, but no thanks, I’ve had enough trade a guy we project as a backup to the Rangers for a reliever to last me a lifetime. I’d take Uehara, but Lowrie for Lowe is a massive overpay even considering Lowrie’s injury history. Lowe’s peripherals are just absolutely hideous.

3 years 8 months ago

If the Rangers are seriously considering dealing Uehara, does that mean they don’t like their chances of getting Yu Darvish? I thought that fellow Japanese pitchers Uehara and Tateyama were supposed to be part of the plan to lure him to Arlington.

Rangersfan32
3 years 8 months ago

It doesn’t say the Rangers are even shopping Koji. It says teams are interested in him. The most important thing I see here is “Texas holds Uehara in high regard even after his struggles.” Koji is going to be our 7th inning guy this year.

3 years 8 months ago

They need a utility infielder that can play SS. Every team does

Redsoxn8tion
3 years 8 months ago

Please take Lowrie. We’ll take anything for him.

MadmanTX
3 years 8 months ago

They already have one: Michael Young

3 years 8 months ago

Ok.  Change that to play SS at the major league level in a league-average fashion.

3 years 8 months ago

lol

But really, can’t tell if serious.

John McFadin
3 years 8 months ago

Are you one of those Ranger’s fans that believe Young deserved the GG in 2008?  He should never play a position on a baseball team again, period.

$3513744
3 years 8 months ago

I don’t think one game at SS is what they have in mind.  They obviously want someone who can back up the positions, not start where ever no one else is.  Plus Young is getting older and range is decreasing.  Giving up a reliever isn’t going to hurt anything.  

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

plays shortstop like yuniesky betancourt only without any flashy plays

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

trade from a surplus to fill a need, use money to acquire top free agents. makes enough sense to me

who do you want them to sign? michael young is only a backup shortstop in the sense that mike napoli is a backup shortstop

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

trade from a surplus to fill a need, use money to acquire top free agents. makes enough sense to me

who do you want them to sign? michael young is only a backup shortstop in the sense that mike napoli is a backup shortstop

Oilcanoworms
3 years 8 months ago

Yeah, how about just giving us back Beltre?? I miss that guy…

GMwannabe
3 years 8 months ago

come on man.. Lowrie has way more value then Lowe.. are you serious?

$3513744
3 years 8 months ago

Except that they want a back up SS.  Young seems to be a guy they want to start as much as possible.  Criticize sabermetrics all you want, but the guy is getting older and his defense is fading as expected.  They obviously want something better otherwise they wouldn’t be looking.  No need to trade relievers?  It’s a great asset to have to be able to do that and not hurt your team.  They have good arms there already, so losing one isn’t going to do anything. Bullpen arms are a dime a dozen.  You don’t hang onto them when you have another need.  

$3513744
3 years 8 months ago

Except that they want a back up SS.  Young seems to be a guy they want to start as much as possible.  Criticize sabermetrics all you want, but the guy is getting older and his defense is fading as expected.  They obviously want something better otherwise they wouldn’t be looking.  No need to trade relievers?  It’s a great asset to have to be able to do that and not hurt your team.  They have good arms there already, so losing one isn’t going to do anything. Bullpen arms are a dime a dozen.  You don’t hang onto them when you have another need.  

Rangersfan32
3 years 8 months ago

Most of us just use our eyes when evaluating how bad Young is on defense. He’s one of my favorite guys don’t get me wrong, defense just isn’t his thing.

Rangersfan32
3 years 8 months ago

Most of us just use our eyes when evaluating how bad Young is on defense. He’s one of my favorite guys don’t get me wrong, defense just isn’t his thing.

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

but you definitely can have too much of a certain kind. there are roster limits

i do like nick punto, though, and would prefer that if i were a rangers fan

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

but you definitely can have too much of a certain kind. there are roster limits

i do like nick punto, though, and would prefer that if i were a rangers fan

John McFadin
3 years 8 months ago

Only he wouldn’t be a third-string SS………  Why are you having such a hard time understanding that Michael Young will lose the team games at SS, and trading ONE reliever won’t hurt the team?

3 years 8 months ago

Texas has Neil Ramirez and Tanner Schepplers ready to come up and contribute to the bullpen. Not to mention Martin Perez is getting close too. Lowe is expendable