The Texas Rangers traded outfielder Nomar Mazara to the Chicago White Sox just minutes after the Gerrit Cole Yankees’ deal was announced. In return, Texas gets a cool-sounding prospect named Walker Steele. Evan Grant had the report first on twitter.
Sources: Rangers have agreed to deal Nomar Mazara to Chicago White Sox. I have a feeling this may get overshadowed in light of Gerrit Cole news.
— Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) December 11, 2019
Furthermore, why would Texas look to trade Mazara? In short, and if you have not been paying close attention to Mazara (we have not since his days as an early prospect); he’s an average defender and does not hit left-handed pitching.
His career OPS against southpaws is just.633 in four seasons in which he has averaged 20 home runs per season.
Finally, the White Sox have had success with young players like Mazara and getting the best of them. For example, Tim Anderson and Yoan Moncada are guys who were ‘late bloomers’ but are putting up numbers for the White Sox.
Now, Mazara heads to U.S. Cellular Field where he will assuredly still find some offense. But the tale of what kind of everyday big leaguer he will be will be if he develops some offense against lefties.