In an underrated move that occurred right after the Rule 5 draft, The Texas Rangers swung a trade for Tampa Bay Rays backup first baseman/third baseman Nate Lowe. The 25 year old Lowe, is a career .251/.322/.447 hitter with a .770 OPS in 245 career plate appearances. Lowe has seen a consistent trend of Barrel percentage and Exit Velocity staying above league average, even in what most consider a down second season in 2020. While he does need to work on the swing and miss in his game, posting a 32.1 K%, he counters that with a career high 11.8 BB% and career 8.9 BB%, which helps keep his OBP afloat.
In return for Lowe, the Tampa Bay Rays acquire Heriberto Hernandez, and likely a couple other prospects, but it appears that Hernandez will be the main piece in return. The catcher has really impressed in his time in the minors so far, at rookie ball and low A, posting a career 1.085 OPS through his first three seasons. Still only 20 years old, it will be interesting to see how he progresses through the higher level of the minors and if he keep stay close to that elite level of production.