Originally written on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 10/30/14
Beane Pulls Another One Out of the Hat by Dave Mills   Billy Beane has once again pulled what appears to be a sparkler of a deal for the A’s about 10 days before Pitchers and Catchers. This time he gobbles up versatile infielder Jed Lowrie from the Houston Astros of the American League for right-handed hitting Chris Carter (DH/1B)and prospects Brad Peacock (RHP) and Max Stassi (C), who became expendable when Beane pilfered left-handed hitting backstop John Jaso from the Mariners a couple of weeks ago. This could allow newly signed Hiroyuki Nakajima to slide over to 2B if the A’s find his defense wanting. The deal sets the table for either Seth Smith or Brandon Moss (both also play 1B) to become the left-handed or full-time DH and leaves Mr. Moneyball in an interesting position to entertain a deal that could bring him a right-handed hitting slugger to slot in at 1B, DH or even 3B (if Josh Donaldson falters). Wilmer Flores could be just the right piece for the A’s. While an extremely promising hitter, Flores is not a fit for the Mets with Wright, Davis and no DH. Trading the Mets No. 5 prospect for the A’s No. 1—Michael Choice— is not far-fetched, especially when considering the crowded Oakland outfield. Choice is an interesting prospect, who has been primarily a CF, but could easily slot into the corners. He is a left-handed batsman with OK wheels and is expected to hit for reasonable power. Of course, another option could involve taking Coco Crisp and his two-year deal ($7 million per-year) off Beane’s hands in exchange for Flores and perhaps a “B+” pitching prospect and Justin Turner, who could be an excellent backup at all the Oakland infield slots this season. Crisp could be a much more reasonably-priced addition to the Mets than Michael Bourne for just two years until Den Dekker, Nieuwenhuis, Nimmo and others earn their stripes. Either way, there is certainly a match waiting to be exploited between two teams where each front office understands how the other does business.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Texas A&M Aggies bench Kenny Hill for freshman Kyle Allen

Josh Smith's reaction to Faried's criticism: 'He's a clown'

Magic, Mia Hamm among owners of new MLS franchise

Michael Vick broke teammate’s finger with bullet pass

Wes Welker: 'I feel like the weak link' in Broncos' loaded offense

Greg Hardy will not play this season after trial postponement

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Chip Kelly on not weighing in on injuries: ‘I’m not Dr. Miyagi’

Saints vs Panthers: preview and prediction

Kevin Youkilis retires after 10 seasons in MLB

Ricky Williams says he retired due to poor quarterback play

Judge rejects request to move Aaron Hernandez murder trial

Jason Garrett optimistic that Tony Romo can play Sunday

WATCH: Russell Westbrook gets into it with heckling fan

PHOTO: The best sports-themed Halloween costume this year

WATCH: Jameis Winston forces fumble after throwing INT

Bruce Pearl dressed up as fellow Auburn coach Gus Mazhahn

WATCH: Jimmy Graham head-butts bench

Seahawks host football team from H.S. shocked by shooting

WATCH: Cavs intro in LeBron James’ first game back was wild

Did latest World Series win establish Giants as a dynasty?

Cavaliers give fans instructions on how to do 'Chalk Toss'

Explaining the Penguins loyalty to Marc-Andre Fleury

WATCH: Man obliterates house after Cowboys MNF loss

WATCH: Entire history of Nike in just under three minutes

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Welker feels like 'weak link' in offense

Cavs intro for LeBron was wild

Greg Hardy won't play this season

Michael Jordan rips Obama's golf game

Torii Hunter in radio ad opposing gay marriage

Curt Schilling praises Bumgarner

GALLERY: Best of sports pumpkins

Top storyline for each Week 9 game

Williams' response to criticism

WATCH: Chevy guy totally bombs

Bumgarner pitches Giants to title

Report: Cubs to hire Maddon as manager

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.