The Oakland A's today announced an unexpected 5-player trade that sent first baseman Chris Carter, right-handed pitcher Brad Peacock and minor league catcher Max Stassi to the Houston Astros in exchange for talented infielder Jed Lowrie and right-handed pitcher Fernando Rodriguez.
Lowrie batted .244 with 16 home runs and 42 RBI in 97 games with Houston last year, posting career-highs in home runs, runs (43), hits (83), walks (43) and games played. Despite spending two months on the DL with a sprained right thumb, he still led the team in walks and finished second in home runs.
The 28-year old spent the first four years of his career with Boston and is a .250 career hitter with 35 home runs and 159 RBI in 353 games over five seasons. Lowrie has appeared in 240 games at shortstop in his career in addition to 83 games at third base, 34 at second base and 11 at first base.
Rodriguez was 2-10 with a 5.37 ERA in 71 relief appearances with the Astros in 2012. He struck out 78 batters in 70.1 innings and allowed 14 of 56 (25.0%) inherited runners to score. The 28-year-old right-hander allowed a .252 batting average, including .226 against left-handed hitters and .203 against first batters faced. Rodriguez pitched in 47 games with Houston in 2011 and made his Major League debut with Los Angeles (AL) in 2009, appearing in one contest. He is 4-13 with a 4.89 ERA and 136 strikeouts in 123.1 innings over 119 career appearances.