Lowrie excited to reunite with Mills in Houston
Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow wasted little time in filling his new team's top offseason need, pulling off his first trade Wednesday, acquiring shortstop Jed Lowrie and pitcher Kyle Weiland from the Red Sox in exchange for reliever Mark Melancon.
Lowrie, a switch-hitter who has been injured often in his four-year Major League career, will become the Astros' starter at shortstop to replace Clint Barmes, who signed with the Pirates after one year in Houston. The move to the Astros gives Lowrie a chance to reunite with manager Brad Mills, who was Lowrie's bench coach with the Red Sox for two years.
"I'm excited," Lowrie said. "It's a great opportunity to reunite with Brad in Houston. I really enjoyed my time with him in Boston, and I'm looking forward to a great opportunity in Houston."
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