Spencer Turnbull and Austin Romine to the Tampa Bay Rays for OF Josh Lowe, SS Taylor Walls, and LHP Anthony Banda
The Rays aren’t typically in the business of trading for players who are about to get more expensive, but they’re legitimate contenders now, they can always move Turnbull again in a few years, and few teams are better at maximizing the effectiveness and value of their pitchers. Tampa’s catchers have been pretty poor so far this season, and Romine would give them a solid temporary upgrade.
Josh Lowe was a first-round pick in 2016, and his plus power, speed, and arm strength remind us of a more developed version of Detroit’s 2018 2nd-rounder Parker Meadows. Walls is a bit of an under-the-radar prospect as a switch-hitter with average tools and a chance to stick at shortstop, and Banda is a former top-100 prospect coming off elbow surgery who could be a solid reliever.