Lowrie has still yet to play in 90 games in a season in the major leagues, after a base runner slid into him and he suffered an ankle injury earlier this season.
However, up to that point, Lowrie was also having the best season of his career, batting .253 with 14 home runs and 36 RBI for the Houston Astros.
That didn’t stop the team from potentially being willing to trade Lowrie prior to his injury, according to a tweet by Danny Knobler.
Lowrie is a 28-year-old switch-hitter, whose average was as high as .297 this season.
But what could make him even more intriguing to the Phils is his versatility in the infield. He has experience playing at second base, third base and shortstop.
The Phillies will likely be looking for a third baseman during the offseason, and could need a second baseman after next season. Lowrie could not only become a starter at third base next season, but would also provide the Phils with an option at shortstop and second base.
He’s also making $1.15 million this season. This salary makes him the third highest paid player on the Astros’ roster as of now.
Therefore, if the team were to acquire a major leaguer in return for Lowrie rather than only prospects, they would likely ask for someone with a manageable salary.
Worley is making $495,000 this season.
Worley has looked great at times this year, such as when he posted a 1.97 and 2.70 ERA for the months of April and June, respectively. But he has also had months such as July and August when he’s had a 6.43 and 5.23 ERA, respectively. Worley has already allowed 12 more earned runs than he did all of last season.
The Astros’ starting rotation currently has the second highest ERA in the NL. Worley’s 4.11 ERA would be the second best among current Astros’ starters who have started consistently this season.
There’s no guarantee the Astros would be willing to trade Lowrie for Worley and up to two prospects. But from the Phillies’ perspective, such a deal involving a young starting pitcher could be a shock move that finds them an above average infielder going forward.