Report: Rangers trade Nomar Mazara to White Sox

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Outfielder Nomar Mazara is headed to the White Sox from the Rangers, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan reports that the Rangers will receive minor league outfielder Steele Walker in return.

Mazara, 24, is entering his second year of arbitration eligibility and is projected by MLB Trade Rumors to earn $5.7 million in 2020. He was among baseball’s top prospects going into the 2015-16 seasons, but he hasn’t lived up to his billing yet. Across parts of four seasons, he owns a .261/.320/.435 slash line along with 79 home runs and 308 RBI. His defense has also left something to be desired.

Mazara will join Eloy Jiménez in the Chicago outfield, likely taking over in right field. The Rangers will likely plug the hole in right field by moving Joey Gallo there full-time.

Walker, 23, is the No. 6 prospect in the White Sox system, per MLB Pipeline. Selected by the White Sox in the second round of the 2018 draft, Walker spent most of his season with High-A Winston-Salem. He hit .269/.346/.426 with 10 home runs and 51 RBI in 441 plate appearances.

Dustin Pedroia suffers a “significant setback” in his recovery

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Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has suffered “a significant setback” with his left knee, making his availability for spring training questionable. Abraham says that Pedroia is “discussing his options with his family, agents, and the Sox.”

Pedroia underwent “knee joint preservation” surgery last year, which is often used as an alternative to full knee replacement. As it was, he played in only three games in 2018 and appeared in just six games in 2019, accruing just three hits in 34 plate appearances.

In light of the severity of his injury, the severity of his surgery and all of the time he’s missed over the past few years, it was already something of a long shot for Pedroia play again as it was. Indeed, he himself was not even sure if he’d play again when asked at one point last season. But this sounds positively dire.