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The Houston Astros have a grand total of five players with more than two years of major league experience, a first-year manager and a move to the American League to deal with, too.
They also have a payroll projected to be the lowest in baseball since the Florida Marlins spent just under $22 million in 2008.
So why are they so optimistic they can avoid becoming the first team in a half-century to lose 106 games in three consecutive seasons?
General manager Jeff Luhnow says he doesn't see youth as a detriment and believes he's assembled a talented group of players with ''a tremendous amount of upside.'' He says Houston should be much better than people expect.
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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...
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 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 trade makes sense. All of the trades do, more or less. But then you look at the Houston Astros' roster, and you look at their payroll, and you say, "Holy smokes, how are they going to survive in the American League?"
Easy answer: They won't, at least not in 2013. And as the Astros continue their teardown, it's certainly fair to ask how low can they go,...
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...
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 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...
The Houston Astros have traded shortstop Jed Lowrie to the
Oakland Athletics, along with right-handed reliever Fernando Rodriguez, in
exchange for first baseman Chris Carter, right-hander Brad Peacock and catcher
Max Stassi, the team has announced.
The Astros acquired Lowrie last offseason from the Boston
Red Sox along with Kyle Weiland for late-inning reliever Mark...
The Houston Astros traded shortstop Jed Lowrie Monday, but
he may not be the last member of the team shipped this winter. Right-hander Bud
Norris is available and drawing interested, and he could be traded before the
offseason is through, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
Norris, who turns 28 on March 2, is available and drawing
interest, according to major...