The Oakland Athletics have acquired SS Jed Lowrie and P Fernando Rodriguez from the Houston Astros for 1B/OF Chris Carter, SP Brad Peacock and C Max Stassi.
It's quite the haul for the promising but frustrating sixer, who may actually play multiple infield spots. Lowrie has a homer column that always presents an attractive extrapolation opportunity ... but that remains something to wish for because he always seems to find the sidelines for some reason.
The soon-to-be 29-year-old moves to a homer-suppressing park with a big outfield and cavernous foul territory in the infield - not a great sign following a season in which his infield-fly rate jumped to 10.6. He has the potential to overcome O.co Coliseum. Unfortunately, he hasn't shown enough of it for us to believe he'll take the next step in a more restrictive ambience. Many will overpay, especially in AL-onlys, when his new situation doesn't warrant it.
On the other hand, Carter, 26, elicits more intrigue. It'll either be LF or 1B for the newest masher for the rebuilding 'Stros. Minute Maid Park should aid the pull-happy stick that carries consistent 30-homer promise but needs to square away some plate discipline issues and prove he's more than a platooner. He'll get the chance to do so, at least, and he's one of the best end-game power speculations in deep mixers.
Houston's stadium doesn't help Peacock, who, as Nick stated, stands to benefit from a rough Triple-A year. He's not necessarily a mixed target for draft day, but he's a watch-list member that could surprise.
Rodriguez has a touch of single-universe speculative value but is buried in the saves promise chain. 2013 will be Stassi's age-22 campaign, and he seems like a poor man's Mike Zunino. Of course, if he sticks with this organization, it should help his output in the long run. He's a development project that dynasty players can simply monitor for now.
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