Lowe, Feldman Likely To Be Available In Trades

The Rangers are expected to make right-handers Scott Feldman and Mark Lowe available at the trade deadline, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports. GM Jon Daniels will look for a right-handed hitting outfielder in return.

The Rangers have an abundance of right-handed pitching after signing Roy Oswalt. Relief prospect Tanner Scheppers continues to pitch effectively at Triple-A, and Neftali Feliz will re-join the pitching staff at some point.

Lowe, 28, has a 2.66 ERA with 8.9 K/9 and 2.7 BB/9 in 20 1/3 innings two months into the season. He'll earn $1.7MM this year before hitting free agency. Feldman, 29, has a 4.50 ERA with 4.1 K/9 and 4.5 BB/9 in 24 innings as a fill-in starter and reliever this year. The Rangers figure to decline their $9.25MM club option ($600K buyout) for Feldman if he's still on their roster after the season.

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  1. Both are expendable

  2. Rangersfan32 3 years ago

    Get rid of Feldman, but keep Lowe if you can. He’s been solid this season and I’d want to see Scheppers get a chance in the majors before we assume he’s safe enough depth for Texas to trade two relievers.

  3. Joseph Jonathan Herrera 3 years ago

    You can never have enough pitching depth.  Lowe and Feldman aren’t great but they can both provide insurance in case any more injuries happen or Feliz takes longer than expected to return.

    • Rangersfan32 3 years ago

      Roy Oswalt basically takes over the job Feldman has been doing so I’d trade him. But Lowe needs to stick around. He’s figured it out this season.

  4. Add M. Young too!!

  5. Lowe, Robbie Ross and Leonys Martin for Willingham and Liriano

    • ChrisV 3 years ago

      Are you serious? That would be a terrible trade. We would lose arguably 2 of our better bullpen relievers right now. We can’t afford to do that. Liriano is a SP NOT a reliever. Plus, Liriano is not pitching well at all this season (7.20 ERA so far). Willingham is good, but not worth what we would have to give up. He is striking out 22.8% of the time. He has a BABIP of .324 which is good, but only a BA of .276 to go with it which isn’t that great at all. On the bright side Willingham is creating runs, and getting on base. So for the right group, a trade for Willingham wouldn’t be bad. A package of Feldman, Martin, and a player later to be named would be as much as I would give up for Willingham. Liriano is a no. Hard no. Ross and Lowe stays. 

      • Why in the world would you even give up Feldman and Martin for Willingham? You’re undervaluing Leonys.

    • Rangersfan32 3 years ago

      I wouldn’t trade even one of those guys for those two. What a joke.

      • txftw 3 years ago

        Lowe for Willingham would be a steal for the rangers, you can’t overvalue an above average, low pressure situation reliever.

    • Let me see if I have this right. You want the Twins to trade from one of their weakest areas (Starting Pitching) to help reinforce one of the few things going right for them this season (bullpen)?

      Sorry, but the only way the Twins make a trade at this point is if they can get a good starter or two along the way. However, I am sure they would be willing to bypass that if the Rangers went after Morneau instead and offered to pay for almost all of the contract. Then the Rangers would only have to part with one decent SP prospect instead.

      • Ross has been a starter in the minors and would automatically be put into our rotation. And I believe Lowe was projected as a starter early in his career.  Willingham will be the top right handed bat dealt at the deadline.  A lot of teams will be after him no doubt.

    • Not a chance. Part of our future, Ross and Leonys, for Willingham (33) and a horrible Liriano??? Wow
      Ross will probably take over for Colby in the rotation next season, and Leonys will be our CF next season.

  6. 14 Rocks 3 years ago

    Would love to see the Braves get Lowe but the only major league right handed outfielder that they have is Matt Diaz.

  7. Youkilis would be a great fit here in Texas.

    • PhishTank 3 years ago

      At this point, he’s Michael Young version 2.0. Right-handed corner infielder with declining skills, mediocre defense, and a large salary. He’s redundant in the Rangers lineup.

  8. ChrisV 3 years ago

    He plays 1B and 3B…no he would not fit great. Getting him into the lineup would be hard. There are 4 options already at 1B and 3B. Good options at that. Youkilis does not fit. 

  9. PhishTank 3 years ago

    Mark Lowe has been pretty consistent this year, so I hate to see him traded. But with the bullpen depth in Texas, it makes sense that he would be the one on the way out. Feldman is clearly the odd man out in the rotation with the addition of Oswalt. I can’t imagine either Lowe or Feldman will bring back much in return though. What right-handed outfielders are even available that the Rangers would be interested in? Quentin? Soriano?

    • 14 Rocks 3 years ago

      I doubt either the Cubs or Padres would be interested in a relief pitcher who will be a free agent after this season.  Of course the Cubs would probably do anything to get rid of Soriano.

      • PhishTank 3 years ago

        I agree. That’s why I’m wondering who might even be available for these guys. What team would give up anything of value for these guys? I have a tough time believing that they could even get bench depth for the pair of them, unless there’s a team out there that believes Mark Lowe and Scott Feldman are the missing pieces in their run to the playoffs. LOL.

  10. txftw 3 years ago

    I think the rangers want a CF in a deal so Josh can play left, but I don’t know how many available CFs are an upgrade on Murphy’s bat

    • Rangersfan32 3 years ago

      I think Texas is fine playing the Gentry in CF right now. He’s been great when he starts.

      • txftw 3 years ago

        I would hope so, because I don’t think trading Lowe is a great idea unless you get a serious piece in return. For instance a trade for someone similar to 2010’s version of Jeff Francouer wouldn’t be worth it

    • Leonys Martin will be back relatively soon.

  11. Wouldn’t mind seeing the Tigers pick up Lowe. Right handed outfielder? Here, have Delmon Young.

  12. Charlie Burns 3 years ago

    Personally, I like Carlos Quentin, and maybe give the Padres Feldman, and see about holding on to Lowe since he seems to have gotten a hold on his control.  I will also say that Youkilis (sic?) sounds possibly good, though I like Moreland’s defense better, but hey, maybe this will be a really interesting weeks in terms of possible trades.

  13. Enter Alex Anthopoulos as always.

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