The Oakland Athletics needed another infielder to fill out their starting lineup in hopes of making the playoffs for the second straight season, so they went out and traded for Jed Lowrie, who should work out very well in their lineup. Lowrie had 16 home runs last season while hitting .244 for the Houston Astros, and with the Astros rebuilding, Lowrie was sent away. It is a gain for Oakland though that will be evident from day one.
Lowrie did a very solid job at shortstop last season with only eight errors and as a switch-hitter should fit in around the second spot in the Oakland lineup. The thing that fans in Oakland should watch out for is that Lowrie is going to be playing third base for the Athletics this season. He has played third before, but he has made seven errors in 83 games at that position during his career. Oakland must watch for to make sure that Lowrie doesn’t have any major problems at his new position.
I’m sure Oakland is pleased to have Lowrie on their roster going forward for the next two seasons. I would think that Lowrie ends up with around ten home runs for the Athletics, which is fine as long as the middle of the Oakland order produces around him. Lowrie’s main job is very simple; playing his new position without any major defensive problems and doing enough on offense to lead Oakland to a possible playoff berth. The change of scenery going from a losing team to a winning team should be good for Lowrie.