The Houston Astros have dealt one of the six players they had under contract for 2013, shortstop Jed Lowrie, to the Oakland Athletics as part of a five player package. Lowrie heads to Oakland along with reliever Fernando Rodriguez, and in exchange, Houston receives first baseman Chris Carter, starting pitcher Brad Peacock, and catcher Max Stassi.
Lowrie is obviously the big name in the deal, and rather than supplanting newly signed Hiroyuki Nakajima at shortstop, the A's plan to use Lowrie in a super utility role all across the infield. That move makes sense due to Nakajima's unfamiliarity with America, Scott Sizemore's health a question mark at second base, Brandon Moss potentially coming down to Earth at first base, and Josh Donaldson's bat being a potential stumbling block at third. Last season with the Astros, Lowrie had a .769 OPS and 16 homers in 97 games. He's never gotten 400 plate appearances in a season in the majors, but when he's healthy and playing every day, he's got some of the best pop of any shortstop in the league.no comments