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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  1. The_BiRDS 4 years ago

    Now the Rangers are trying to unload relievers???

    • T_Rangers32 4 years 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 4 years ago

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

      • GMwannabe 4 years ago

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

        • T_Rangers32 4 years 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.

    • T_Rangers32 4 years 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 4 years 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. 

  2. Makes sense, Rangers need someone to back up Andrus

  3. 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

    • T_Rangers32 4 years 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.

      • 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

        • T_Rangers32 4 years ago

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

  4. torresjohnny87 4 years ago

    would be a good trade for redsoxs dont want lowe tho

  5. 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 4 years ago

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

    • T_Rangers32 4 years 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 4 years 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 4 years 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. 

  6. gradylittle 4 years 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. 

    • T_Rangers32 4 years 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 4 years ago

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

        • T_Rangers32 4 years 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 4 years ago

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

      • commenter3346 4 years ago

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

  7. 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.

  8. wickedkevin 4 years ago

    Thanks for Salty last year.  What else ya got?

    • 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

    • T_Rangers32 4 years 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.

  9. MadmanTX 4 years ago

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

    • El_Bobo 4 years ago

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

      • John McFadin 4 years ago

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

        • El_Bobo 4 years ago

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

      • John McFadin 4 years ago

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

      • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

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

      • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

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

      • T_Rangers32 4 years ago

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

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

    • johnsilver 4 years 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 4 years ago

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

  11. notsureifsrs 4 years ago

    do want uehara

  12. bigpat 4 years 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 4 years 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 4 years 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.

  13. Dan Gorgone 4 years ago

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

  14. 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

  15. M.Kit 4 years ago

    Makes sense for Boston, Mike Avilles makes Lowrie expendable

  16. M.Kit 4 years ago

    Makes sense for Boston, Mike Avilles makes Lowrie expendable

  17. 0bsessions 4 years 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.

  18. 0bsessions 4 years 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.

  19. 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.

    • T_Rangers32 4 years 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.

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

  21. Redsoxn8tion 4 years ago

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

  22. MadmanTX 4 years ago

    They already have one: Michael Young

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

  24. lol

    But really, can’t tell if serious.

  25. John McFadin 4 years 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.

  26. $3513744 4 years 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.  

  27. notsureifsrs 4 years ago

    plays shortstop like yuniesky betancourt only without any flashy plays

  28. notsureifsrs 4 years 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

  29. notsureifsrs 4 years 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

  30. Oilcanoworms 4 years ago

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

  31. GMwannabe 4 years ago

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

  32. $3513744 4 years 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.  

  33. $3513744 4 years 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.  

  34. T_Rangers32 4 years 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.

  35. T_Rangers32 4 years 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.

  36. notsureifsrs 4 years 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

  37. notsureifsrs 4 years 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

  38. John McFadin 4 years 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?

  39. 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

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