The Oakland Athletics and Houston Astros have come to an agreement that will send shortstop Jed Lowrie and pitcher Fernando Rodriguez to Oakland in exchange for first baseman Chris Carter, pitcher Brad Peacock and minor-league catcher Max Stassi, according to the Athletics' official Twitter account:
Lowrie hit .244 with 16 home runs and 42 RBI in 97 games with the Astros last season. He is a career .250 hitter, but nearly doubled his career high in home runs (previously nine) in 2012.
Rodriguez saw action in 71 games out of the Astros’ bullpen in 2012, finishing the year with a 5.37 ERA and averaging almost 10 strikeouts per nine innings of work. He will join an Oakland pitching staff that was terrific in 2012, finishing sixth in the league in ERA (3.48) and fifth in batting average against (.245).
While the Astros surrendered two contributors from a season ago, they managed to acquire some promising young talent in the deal.
Stassi flashed his skills both in the batter’s box and behind the plate with the Single-A Stockton Ports last season. He hit 15 home runs and drove in 45 in 84 games last year, while throwing out 34 percent of would-be base stealers from behind the dish.
Peacock has pitched in just three games at the major league level, but went 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA in two starts as a member of the Washington Nationals in 2011. He struggled with Oakland's Triple-A affiliate last year, though, failing to receive a September call-up after seeing his ERA inflate to over six.
Carter is the only player the A's included the deal with significant experience in the majors. He played 106 games in the last three years with the Athletics, hitting .214 with 19 home runs and 46 RBI in that span.