White Sox Acquire Nomar Mazara From Rangers

The 24-year-old Mazara hit .268 with 19 homers in 2019.

Bruce Levine
December 10, 2019 - 11:07 pm

SAN DIEGO (670 The Score) -- The White Sox have made a move to help fill their hole in right field.

The White Sox acquired outfielder Nomar Mazara from the Rangers in exchange for minor league outfielder Steele Walker on Tuesday night, the team announced.

Mazara, 24, hit .268 with 19 homers, 66 RBIs, a .318 on-base percentage and a .786 OPS in 116 games for the Rangers in 2019. Mazara also is a left-handed bat, which the White Sox desired to offset a lineup that was right-handed heavy this past season.

"At just 24 years old, Nomar provides us with a left-handed hitting right fielder who fits into our current team’s development arc and who still has untapped potential," general manager Rick Hahn said in a statement. "Nomar adds yet another young, exciting bat with upside to our lineup."

Mazara hit exactly 20 homers in 2016, 2017 and 2018. He has careers marks of a .261 batting average, a .320 on-base percentage and a .754 OPS. Those aren't eye-popping numbers, but they nonetheless represent a significant upgrade in right field for a White Sox team that had no answer at the position last season. White Sox right fielders combined to hit .220 with six homers, 40 RBIs and a .565 OPS in 2019.

The White Sox believe that Mazara's best years are still ahead of him, and he's under team control through 2021. He's arbitration-eligible and projected to make $5.7 million in 2020.

"He is a strong young man," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said of Mazara earlier in the day Tuesday. "He runs pretty well for a big man. He can defend and has a good arm. He has some good qualities at the plate and can put one in the seats as fast as anybody. In general, he can play right field and help a club."

Walker, 23, was rated as the No. 6 prospect in the White Sox's system, per MLB Pipeline. He hit .284 with 10 homers, 62 RBIs and an .811 OPS in 120 games split across Class-A and advanced Class-A in 2019. The White Sox selected him in the second round of the 2018 amateur draft.

Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine​.