MLB trade rumors indicate that an Oakland Athletics trade with the Houston Astros has been completed. According to a report from Monday evening (Feb. 4), the deal will include five players switching teams.
In this trade, the Athletics acquire infielder Jed Lowrie and right-handed pitcher Fernando Rodriguez. In exchange for those two players, the Astros will get first baseman Chris Carter, right-handed pitcher Brad Peacock, and catcher Max Strassi. Peacock and Strassi are both minor league players within the Oakland organization.
Lowrie could give the Athletics some additional "pop" at the plate this season. In just 97 games for the Astros in 2012, he hit 16 home runs and drove in 42. He missed a lot of time due to injury, but he should be healed and ready to provide that power for the A's in 2013. He plays shortstop, so that also gives Oakland another infielder who can put some positive numbers up on the board.
Carter came through with 16 home runs and 39 RBIs in just 67 games for Oakland last season. Parting with him will make more room for other players on the roster, but he definitely has the talent to become a star in Houston. These MLB trade rumors are a bit surprising because the two teams are now in the same division, but it seems like both the Houston Astros and Oakland Athletics could come away as winners in this deal.