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Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow made his first significant player move Wednesday, acquiring infielder Jed Lowrie and pitcher Kyle Weiland from the Red Sox in exchange for reliever Mark Melancon, according Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.
The Astros couldn’t be reached to confirm the deal.
The Astros acquired Melancon from the Yankees at the Trade Deadline in 2010 as part of the Lance Berkman deal.
Lowrie, a 27-year-old switch-hitter, would satisfy the Astros’ need for a shortstop following the departure of Clint Barmes in free agency. He’s a career .252 hitter with 19 homers and 117 RBIs in 256 games with the Red Sox since 2008, and he batted .252 with six homers and 36 RBIs last season.
Weiland, 25, is a right-hander who made his Major League debut last season and was 0-3 with a 7.66 ERA in seven games (five starts). A third-round pick of the 2008 Draft, he went 23-31 with a 3.51 ERA in 90 career games in the Minor Leagues, including 85 starts.
Melancon, 26, could fill the Red Sox’s need for a closer. He pitched in a career-high 71 games for the Astros last season and was 8-4 with a 2.78 ERA and saved 20 games. He took over as closer in the first half of the season after Brandon Lyon went down with an arm injury.
Bill Geivett, the senior vice president of scouting and player development/assistant general manager of the Colorado Rockies, has been given permission to interview with the Astros, a Major League Baseball source confirmed for MLB.com on Thursday.
Houston is trying to fill its GM spot that became open when Ed Wade was dismissed last week after four-plus years.
Geivett, 47, oversees both scouting and player development for the Rockies, while also assisting GM Dan O’Dowd with all baseball decisions and evaluations. He joined the Rockies in 2000 and just completed his 11th season with the club and 24th in professional baseball.
The Astros have asked for permission to speak to Tampa Bay Rays general manager Andrew Friedman and Texas Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine about their GM vacancy, a source has confirmed for MLB.com.
Friedman, who has guided Tampa Bay to the playoffs three times in the last four years in the rugged American League East, is a Houston native who could be lured to return to his hometown and help the Astros return to respectability. Friedman is 35.
Levine, 40, is in his sixth season as the Rangers’ assistant GM, taking the position following the 2005 season. He assists GM Jon Daniels in player acquisitions, roster composition, contract negotiations, statistical and financial analyses and the day-to-day management of the baseball operations department.
Astros president and CEO George Postolos had no comment.
Houston owner Jim Crane, who took control of the club a week ago after purchasing it from long-time owner Drayton McLane, has spoke of his admiration about the way the two-time defending AL champion Rangers rose to prominence through scouting and player development. The Astros are trying to follow a similar blueprint.
Another Rangers executive, senior director of player personnel A.J. Preller, is also reportedly on the Astros’ radar as they try to fill a position left vacant when Ed Wade was dismissed following a club-record 106 losses in 2011.