Update: Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 12:17 p.m. ET
Oakland is not looking to trade Jed Lowrie according to manager Bob Melvin, who spoke with ESPN's Mark Kreidler:
"We're not looking to move Jed Lowrie...maybe the Cardinals made a call."
While you can never say never, it doesn't appear as if Lowrie will be heading anywhere but to spring training with the A's.
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Update: Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 1:55 p.m. ET
Peter Gammons reports that the Cardinals have interest in trading for Lowrie, who he notes would give St. Louis some length in its lineup.
While the overwhelming thought remains that the A's won't move Lowrie, St. Louis does have the deepest farm system in baseball, with no shortage of power arms and position prospects that could intrigue the A's.
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With shortstop prospect Addison Russell continuing to impress, hitting .307/.369/.467 with nine extra-base hits and 13 runs scored in 18 games for the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League, speculation has run rampant that the A's would look to move Jed Lowrie this winter, clearing a path for the 19-year-old on the major league roster.
Not so fast says Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, who has been told that Lowrie is not going to be traded, as Oakland's plan all along was for the 29-year-old to serve as a two-year bridge to Russell, with the 2014 season being the second year of that plan.
If Russell continues to swing a hot bat with Triple-A Sacramento in the first half of the 2014 season, it's possible that the A's will look to move Lowrie at the trade deadline. Still, the far more likely option is that Russell spends the entire season in Triple-A, perhaps getting a taste of the big leagues when rosters expand in September.