According to Bill Ladson of MLB.com, the Nationals offered free agent outfielder Jermaine Dye a contract, however it wasn’t enough for him to uproot his family to the D.C. area.
Meanwhile, Ben Goessling of MASNSports.com reports that the club hasn’t had discussions with Dye “in a while” and they seem content to move forward with a platoon of Willie Harris and Willy Taveras in right field, based on “sabermetrics analysis.”
Remember, Dye also failed to come to an agreement with the Brewers before the end of spring training, so it would seem that he’s exhausted all of his options by now. The 36-year-old outfielder batted .251/.340/.453 with 27 homers and 83 RBI last season, decent enough numbers overall, however he batted just .179 in 212 at-bats after the All-Star break.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Rays and infielder Brandon Lowe have agreed on a six-year, $24 million contract extension. Lowe has just 58 days of service time, so this will cover his three years of pre-arbitration as well as three arbitration years.
Lowe, 24, earned a promotion to the majors in early August last year, playing mostly at second base but also logging time in both outfield corners. Through the end of the season, he hit .233/.324/.450 with six home runs and 25 RBI in 148 plate appearances. Lowe also performed well this spring, batting .359/.405/.692 with a pair of homers and 14 RBI in 39 at-bats.
MLB Pipeline rates lowe as the No. 10 prospect in the Rays’ system. He is in line to see regular starts at second base, but the Rays will certainly be keen to utilize his versatility throughout the year.