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New AL West foes agree on 5 player deal

  • David Whitlock

The Oakland Athletics and Houston Astros swapped 5 players, including 3 projected major leagues in a deal that should help Oakland in the near-term and Houston in the longer term.  The Astros give up Jed Lowrie (who was by far their best player before being hurt around the All Star break) and rubber-armed Fernando Rodriguez (who led the Astros with 71 games pitched in 2012) to acquire coveted, power-hitting 1B prospect Chris Carter.

Chris Carter looks the part, but can he come through?

Carter yanked 16 home runs in only 260 plate appearances (would have been second on the Astros last year)  Carter figures to take advantage of the Crawford Boxes (315 down the line in LF).  The Astros get two other prospects in the deal.  The A’s fill a glaring need at SS, Billy Beane was excited about adding Lowrie (from

“You look at last year, what he did in Houston, he’s always had good power for a guy that plays in the middle of the infield,” said A’s general manager Billy Beane. “It’s just hard to find that kind of power [in a guy] that can play the middle infield.”

Likewise, Astros GM Jeff Luhnow was pleased

“This trade gives us power, pitching and catching,” Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said in a statement. “Three valuable commodities that will help improve our organization.”

Oakland’s Brandon Moss figures to benefit by getting full time duty at 1B (21 home runs in 2012) so the A’s lineup gets a much needed boost without affecting production from that position significantly.

Carter, at age 26, figures to need to prove he can hit at the major league level or else become one of those guys who never quite reached his potential.

Switch-hitting Lowrie upgrades the A’s lineup instantly

– Dave (@lhd_on_sports)

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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