Submitted by: RobotDebris
May 16, 2023
Brewers refuse immediately. The last thing they need is another under performing OF in Margot. They want nothing to do with Lowe. He was hurt for a good portion of last year and is hurt again this year with the same back issues. His play is well below mediocre because of it. Milwaukee would much rather keep the pitching and let Turang play 2B. This is a very easy no thanks from the Brewers.
Jmont – Lowe has not been hurt this year. He had a back injury last year that he rehabbed nonsurgically. He has not missed any time this year because of any injury. Maybe you heard he was given the night off to rest his back, but taking a night off isn’t a big deal and doesn’t mean he’s hurt. Lowe is streaky and always plays his worst baseball the 2nd month of the year (weird, I know). He will probably be crushing the ball again next month.
As for this trade, I can’t see the Rays swapping a top bat for a reliever. It’s just not how the Rays do things. Rays say no.
My mistake. I saw an article in the Tampa Bay Times earlier that said Lowe was out of the lineup due to his ongoing back issues. Lowe’s uncharacteristicly bad numbers last year have gotten even worse this year, so I assumed it was because of his back problems.
No worries (on the injury situation). I wouldn’t worry about Lowe’s numbers, at least not yet. He started the year hotter than I’ve ever seen, and he’s been in a huge cold spell for about 4 weeks now. It is concerning just how ice cold he’s been the past month, but he’s shown signs of coming out of the slump the past few games. We will see. This is very typical of Lowe (running hot and cold). At some point the Rays may tire of the hot/cold streaks, but I don’t think they’ll trade him so long as they think he’s still capable of generating 4 fWAR per year (he’s at 0.6 fWAR through 1/4 of the season). The Rays have a ton of guys who can generate 2ish fWAR per year, so once he falls to that level, he’s probably gone. I’m still a believer though. By August, I think most will have forgotten this cold stretch.