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After yesterday's trade of Jed Lowrie to the Athletics, a new narrative is popping up around the Houston Astros by some mainstream writers: the team is an embarrassment that makes the A's and Marlins look like big spenders. Much is being made about Houston's payroll in 2013, which will likely end up around $25 million on Opening Day. But because the team isn't spending money, are they an embarrassment? The Astros haven't been to the playoffs since 2005, when they won the NL pennant. Houston hasn't finished above .500 since 2008. In 2009 and 2010, the Astros spent $195 million on payroll, and went 150-174. Over the last two years, the Astros spent $137 million on payroll, and went 111-213. Over the next two years, they'll probably spend about half (or less) than they did from 2011-12, and there's really no way to get worse than 111-213. So if you're the Astros, why *wouldn't* you divert money from the major league payroll to give the team a b...
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Some weeks ago, there was talk that the A’s were interested in trading for Jed Lowrie, while in return, the Astros were interested in getting Chris Carter and a young pitcher. Sometimes rumors reported in such a way are based in fact, and sometimes rumors reported in such a way are based in fantasy. Monday evening, the A’s swung a trade to get themselves Jed Lowrie. As part of...
The Oakland A's acquired infielder Jed Lowrie from the Houston Astros on Monday as part of a five-player trade. Lowrie and right-hander Fernando Rodriguez will go from Houston to Oakland, while first baseman Chris Carter, right-hander Brad Peacock and catching prospect Max Stassi are headed for Houston. Lowrie, 28, hit .244 with 16 home runs last season, but he played in...
Some Astros fans are upset about the trade of Jed Lowrie, but Joe Healy thinks it's just another part of the rebuilding process.
Jed Lowrie is on the move again.
Lowrie, who the Red Sox traded to the Astros last offseason, has been dealt to the Athletics along with Fernando Rodriguez in exchange for Chris Carter, Brad Peacock and minor leaguer Max Stassi.
Lowrie batted .244 and smacked 16 home runs in 97 games with the Astros last season. The Red Sox dealt him away last winter in exchange for reliever Mark...
The Oakland Athletics have acquired infielder Jed Lowrie and right-hander Fernando Rodriguez from the Houston Astros for first baseman Chris Carter and two minor leaguers.
Right-hander Brad Peacock and catcher Max Stassi also went to Houston in Monday's deal.
Lowrie batted .244 with 16 homers and 42 RBIs in 97 games with Houston, missing two months with ankle and thumb injuries...
The Houston Astros have dealt one of the six players they had under contract for 2013, shortstop Jed Lowrie, to the Oakland Athletics as part of a five player package. Lowrie heads to Oakland along with reliever Fernando Rodriguez, and in exchange, Houston receives first baseman Chris Carter, starting pitcher Brad Peacock, and catcher Max Stassi.
Lowrie is obviously the big name...
The A’s on Monday acquired infielder Jed Lowrie from the Astros if a five-player trade that also sent first baseman Chris Carter in exchange to Houston.
Additionally, the A’s receive right-hander Fernando Rodriguez and sent minor leaguers Brad Peacock and Max Stassi along with Carter.
The A’s were reportedly interested in Lowrie two weeks ago but were reluctant to part with...
It’s very rare that you see the Oakland Athletics make trades that include them sending away impact prospects in order to acquire Major League talent. However, that’s exactly what we saw happen yesterday evening, as Billy Beane decided to trade away Chris Carter, Brad Peacock, and Max Stassi for Jed Lowrie and Fernando Rodriguez.
Coming off being the surprise winner of the American...
With most teams having their 40-man rosters set, it’s somewhat out of the ordinary to watch two engage in a trade just days before players are set to report for Spring Training. However, after the A’s acquired John Jaso in a three-team deal including the Nationals and Mariners, Billy Beane said they’re “going for it” and trying to find pieces to put the finishing touches...
The winds of change are blowing across Major League Baseball heading into Spring Training. Just when you think one piece of news was huge, another would come along and knock it off it's perch. Things began on Monday with the retirement of former Diamondbacks starter Brandon Webb, and continued into that evening with the trade of Jed Lowrie from the Astros to the Athletics. On...
The Oakland Athletics and Houston Astros swapped 5 players, including 3 projected major leagues in a deal that should help Oakland in the near-term and Houston in the longer term. The Astros give up Jed Lowrie (who was by far their best player before being hurt around the All Star break) and rubber-armed Fernando Rodriguez (who led the Astros with 71 games pitched in 2012) to acquire...
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New American League West rivals made a trade today when the A’s and Astros made a five-player swap. In case you haven’t heard, take a look at the move.
From a fantasy perspective, there doesn’t appear to be much to write home about. Right off of the bat...
When the Oakland A's acquired C John Jaso in late January, it appeared that the team's major maneuvering was completed. However, the A's pulled off another surprise move on Monday, acquiring Jed Lowrie and Fernando Rodriguez from the Houston Astros for a trio of young and talented players. We take a close look at the deal...