With the 2013 MLB season right around the corner, the Oakland Athletics pulled off a key move on Monday by acquiring Jed Lowrie and Fernando Rodriguez from the Houston Astros in exchange for Chris Carter, Brad Peacock, and Max Stassi. For a team coming off an impressive 2012 season in which they used a late-season run to capture the AL West title, the Athletics should be contender in the division once again, but was it worth bringing a player like Lowrie on board?
It’s never easy for any team to give up prospects in trades and the argument can be made that Houston came up on the winning end in this one considering they’re still a few years away from even coming close to being placed in the category of contenders. Lowrie certainly makes a great addition for a team like the Athletics, but only time will tell as far as whether or not it was worth giving up all these players in the deal.
Lowrie is coming off a 2012 season in which he appeared in 97 games while and batted .244 to go along with 16 home runs and 42 RBI. The injuries may be a reason for concern, but Lowrie has proven to be an effective offensive weapon when healthy as he showed last season with the Astros.
Let’s hope Lowrie can manage to stay healthy in 2013 and this deal works out for Oakland. Otherwise, the Athletics will be looking back at this day and wondering why they were willing to give up the prospects in the deal.
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