Another relevant trade has gone down in Major League Baseball. While it’s not a seismic as the Justin Upton trade from a week ago, a big name is on the move to the Bay Area, as shortstop Jed Lowrie has been traded from the Houston Astros to the Oakland Athletics in a massive five-player trade between the two teams.
Oakland will be sending first baseman Chris Carter, starting pitcher Brad Peacock and catching prospect Max Stassi to Houston in exchange for Lowrie and relief pitcher Fernando Rodriguez.
Lowrie played mildly productive ball with the Red Sox before being played out and moved to the Astros. Lowrie will now be with his third team in five years as he spent last season with just the Astros after spending 2008 until 2011 in Boston.
Carter and catcher Max Stassi are clearly the centerpieces in terms of what the Astros are getting back for giving up Lowrie. Houston cleaned house this season after posting the worst record in baseball and are trying to get younger and faster for the future. Carter and Stassi have the potential to be real contributors to the Astros lineup and Brad Peacock will try to work his way into the rotation as a viable starter that Houston can rely on.