The Texas Rangers had one of the better off-season we can remember in quite some time. They made major moves, and it seemed like the news didn't stop rolling in.
Texas signed maybe the best pitcher in baseball when healthy in Jacob deGrom. Then they added some other great pieces in Andrew Heaney, along with others, and another big move in the signing of manager Bruce Bochy in October.
But, one of the biggest things that happened this offseason that many seemed to forget was the Rangers' new Silver Slugger receiving his award. Of course, this has nothing to do with roster changes that will make the team better in 2023, but it's still a pretty big deal.
It's definitely a big deal to Nathaniel Lowe, the first baseman who was the first Rangers recipient of the award since 2014.
"Well, I'll tell you what, that was a really good day," Lowe said recently on 105.3 The Fan. "It's definitely an honor, and I think it's even cooler that superlative is voted on by staffers, right? It's voted on by people who are actually on the field. So getting some recognition by other coaching staffs, other people who are really truly at ground level with us was really cool."
Lowe was traded to the Texas Rangers in the 2021 offseason from the Tampa Bay Rays, a franchise that is known for having elite prospects. I think it is fair to say that trade ended up working in the Rangers' favor after all.
Lowe has had an excellent last few years as he has progressively gotten better each of the two years since joining the Rangers.
Lowe is only 27 years old, which is crazy, to say the least. In just his fourth season, and second full season as a big-leaguer, he won the Silver Slugger award. There is no telling what else he has in store for the team, and what he will accomplish in 2023.