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February 4, 2013

Houston Astros trade Jed Lowrie to Oakland Athletics

HOUSTON —

On Monday, the Houston Astros announced they had reached a deal with the Oakland Athletics, sending shortstop Jed Lowrie and right-handed reliever Fernando Rodriguez to the A's in exchange for three players, including first baseman Chris Carter, right-handed pitcher Brad Peacock and catcher Max Stassi. This deal was bandied about by Susan Slusser a couple of weeks ago, with the asking price for the pitcher (Peacock) deemed too much at the time.

Lowrie, 29, hit .244/.331/.438 in 368 plate appearances last season before suffering a freak leg injury when San Francisco's Gregor Blanco slid into him at second base. Oakland marks Lowrie's third team in as many seasons, after he was acquired as part of the Mark Melancon trade with Boston last winter.

Seems Oakland's demands have softened since then, as the deal is completed and the Astros get three more pieces for the rebuilding effort. Carter is the guy who could make the most impact immediately, and should essentially take Brett Wallace's at-bats in the near future. This is the third time Carter's been traded in his career, after traded straight up for Carlos Quentin and then being part of the Dan Haren deal with Oakland.

Carter, 26, is a career .214 hitter with an on-base percentage of .310 and a slugging percentage of .471. He's hit 19 career home runs in three season, but has amassed just 384 plate appearances as a pro. He hit 16 of those home runs last season in what was a breakout season for him, as he hit .239/.350/.514 in 67 games for Oakland.

Peacock, 25, made his major league debut in 2011 and is also in the "multi-trade club." The right-hander was part of the Gio Gonzalez deal with the Washington Nationals last winter. He pitched in 12 innings during his debut after being called up in September of 2011. That included two starts, four strikeouts and six walks. Last season in the minors, Peacock had a 6.01 ERA in 132 innings for Oakland's Triple-A affiliate in Sacramento. He posted a strikeout rate of 9.29 and a walk rate of 4.41 with an FIP of 4.26.

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