Lowrie eager for winning opportuntiy in Oakland
Jed Lowrie spent the previous couple of days in Oakland, taking a physical that was the final piece to the puzzle in a trade that eventually sent him to the A’s. When the trade was finalized on Monday afternoon, Lowrie had gone from a rebuilding team to the defending American League West division champs.
“At the end of the day, the game is all about winning,” Lowrie told MLB.com. “I got a great opportunity in Houston, and I really enjoyed my short time there. I’m looking forward to the next step in my career.”
The Astros traded Lowrie and right-handed pitcher Fernando Rodriguez to the A’s in exchange for first baseman Chris Carter, right-hander Brad Peacock and Minor League catcher Max Stassi. It’s yet another trade by Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow to bolster a farm system now considered among the best in the game.
Lowrie, who turns 29 on April 17, played 93 games at shortstop for Houston last season, spending time on the disabled list for a sprained right thumb and sprained right ankle. He hit .244 with 16 home runs and 42 RBIs, while his .980 fielding percentage led National League shortstops with at least 70 games.
“I figured, given where I was in my career and the point where the Astros are as an organization, I figured when Jeff got what he was looking for he could continue to build the Minor League system and try to turn over the organization,” Lowrie said. “I figured at some point it was in the cards. The timing of it, I wasn’t sure of. Going into a week before Spring Training starts for me and the position guys, I was expected to start the year with the Astros, but that’s not the case. I’ll be out in Phoenix with the A’s.”