As bad as it sounds, there was little to cheer about during the 2012 season when it came to the Houston Astros, but shortstop Jed Lowrie showed potential at times and gave fans a little bit of excitement to cheer about. After avoiding arbitration with a few weeks ago by agreeing to a one-year, $2.4 million deal, it appears Lowrie will be playing for a new team during the 2013 season–the Oakland Athletics.
— MLB (@MLB) February 4, 2013
The Astros sent Lowrie to the Athletics on Monday along with Fernando Rodriguez in exchange for Chris Carter, Brad Peacock, and Max Stassi. The move comes as a bit of a surprise considering the time gap between the two sides reaching a new deal, but when taking a closer look at the deal–this was clearly an excellent move on the end of Houston.
There’s a good chance Lowrie will test arbitration before the 2014 season and for a team that still seems to be a few years away from even coming close to being considered contenders–the Astros received plenty of potential when it comes to prospects in this deal. As for the Athletics, they’re coming off an impressive 2012 season in which they used a late regular season run to reach the playoffs and will be even more anxious to bounce back in 2013–which is why the addition of Lowrie is a great move.
With the 2013 season right around the corner, now is the time for teams to begin making last-second moves before Opening Day arrives as they begin their journey for a World Series title.
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