The Oakland A’s have acquired 28-yaer old switch-hitting infielder Jed Lowrie and 28-year old righty reliever Fernando Rodriguez from the Astros for 26-year old righty swinging 1B Chris Carter, 25-year old righty starting pitcher Brad Peacock and 21-year old righty swinging catcher Max Stassi. Jed Lowrie could be a supersub or he could wind up starting at 2B or 3B for the A’s in 2013. Lowrie played in 97 games for the Astros last year and he was 83 of 340 (.244 avg, .769 OPS) with 43 runs scored, 16 homers, 42 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Lowrie has now played in 353 games in his first five years in the majors and he is 287 of 1,148 (.250 avg, .743 OPS) with 153 runs scored, 35 homers, 159 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. Fernando Rodriguez pitched in 71 games (0 starts) for the Astros last year and he was 2-10 with a 5.37 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP. He whiffed 78 batters and he only gave up 68 hits in 70 1/3 innings for the Astros last year, which shows what kind of stuff he has. But, he also walked 34 batters and that got him into a lot of trouble. Rodriguez has now pitched in 119 games (0 starts) in his first three years in the majors and he is 4-13 with a 4.89 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP. The A’s are hoping a change of scenery will help Rodriguez turn the corner.
Chris Carter is the guy the A’s will likely miss the most that they sent to Houston in this deal. Carter played in 67 games for the A’s last year and he was 52 of 218 (.239 avg, .864 OPS) with 38 runs scored, 16 homers and 39 RBIs. Carter played in 106 games in his three years with the A’s and he was 71 of 332 (.214 avg, .735 OPS) with 48 runs scored, 19 homers, 46 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Brad Peacock was one of the players the A’s got from the Nationals in the winter of 2011 in the deal that sent Gio Gonzalez to Washington. He was a huge disappointment in 2012 for the A’s. Peacock pitched in 28 games (25 starts) in AAA-ball for the A’s last year and he was 12-9 with a 6.01 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP. Max Stassi played in 84 games in A-ball for the A’s last year and he was 84 of 314 (.268 avg, .799 OPS) with 48 runs scored, 15 homers, 45 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.
I like this deal for both teams. I think Lowrie is really going to help the A’s in 2013 and Rodriguez could give them another live arm in the pen. Peacock could be in the Astros’ starting rotation in 2013 and Chris Carter will likely be their starting DH.