When the A's traded for Jed Lowrie this week, I asked someone in the organization when was the last time they made a deal where they picked up the higher-priced player. He didn't know. He should have, and I should have, too. It was only three weeks ago, when as their part of the three-team deal with the Mariners and Nationals, the A's traded three minor-leaguers and got back John Jaso.
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