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Athletics acquire Jed Lowrie in trade with Astros

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The A’s on Monday acquired infielder Jed Lowrie from the Astros if a five-player trade that also sent first baseman Chris Carter in exchange to Houston.

Additionally, the A’s receive right-hander Fernando Rodriguez and sent minor leaguers Brad Peacock and Max Stassi along with Carter.

The A’s were reportedly interested in Lowrie two weeks ago but were reluctant to part with Carter, who was productive in a platoon role with Brandon Moss at first base, hitting .239/.350/.514 with 16 homers and 39 RBI in 67 games in 2012.

Oh, and for those who have forgotten: With the Astros now as division rivals, moving from the NL Central to the AL West beginning this season, the A’s will be seeing plenty of the young power-hitting Carter in the future.

Lowrie, 28, is expected to give Oakland versatility and depth to an infield that has a lot of questions. Primarily a shortstop in his career, Lowrie can play every infield position and is expected to shuffle around regularly with recently signed Hiro Nakajima likely holding down the starting shortstop responsibilities. From Susan Slusser:

[A's manager Bob] Melvin is the master of moving players around and getting the most from platoons, so he said by phone he’s very happy with Lowrie’s versatility. He said he told Lowrie that this is not a case of never playing shortstop – he’ll get in there some; Melvin doesn’t like wearing out anyone, so he’ll give Nakajima, playing in the U.S. for the first time, plenty of time off.

“This is part of what we deal with in spring training,” Melvin said of the A’s creative roster approach, which he handled so deftly last year. “Where guys are playing, who’s a fit where, it will all play out over time.”

A switch-hitter, Lowrie hit .244/.331/.438, 16 HR, 42 RBI and had a 2.1 WAR with the Astros last season.

A reminder: A’s pitchers and catchers report for spring training next week.

Various reactions to the trade from the media:

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