A's acquire Lowrie from Astros in five-player deal
Billy Beane was at it again Monday, as the A's general manager landed infielder Jed Lowrie from the Astros in a five-player deal less than two weeks before his club begins Spring Training workouts.
Beane and his staff can let out a sigh of relief now, having immediately bolstered the organization's infield depth via the deal. Yet in doing so, the A's were forced to give up power bat Chris Carter, along with highly touted prospects in pitcher Brad Peacock and catcher Max Stassi.
It's a rather high price to pay for Lowrie, who comes to Oakland alongside right-handed reliever Fernando Rodriguez, but Beane never fears the risk in a move that could equate to bigger rewards -- particularly when that window of opportunity for contending is open.
"Given where this club finished last year and where we see it having a chance to compete this year, we wanted to do everything we could to help ourselves right now and felt this was the best route to go," Beane said. "It wasn't going to get done unless Chris was in this deal.
"Jed's a guy we've had a lot of interest in going back to his Boston days. He plays four infield positions and switch-hits, and has always been a good offensive player for a middle infielder."
The 28-year-old Lowrie has spent the majority of his career at shortstop -- 240 appearances in 368 starts -- but will be asked to get comfortable at essentially every infield spot, with newcomer Hiroyuki Nakajima still pegged as the everyday shortstop. Lowrie's a reliable option at third base should youngster Josh Donaldson stumble, and he can not only lend his glove at second base, where Scott Sizemore and Jemile Weeks are expected to duke it out for playing time, but as a switch-hitter, he offers a nice complement to the left-handed Brandon Moss at first base in Carter's absence.