In return, the Astros receive 1B Chris Carter, RHP Brad Peacock, and C Max Stassi. The A’s were said to be interested in Lowrie earlier this winter but the Astros asking price was too high. Carter was rumored to be the primary player in the deal that would include multiple prospects. At first glance this package looks like a good deal for the Astros.
Carter, 26, is a power-hitting 1B who has yet to find consistency at the big league level.
Peacock, 25, is a starting pitcher who spent last season at AAA after coming to Oakland in the Gio Gonzalez trade.
Stassi, 21, hit 15 homers in 314 at-bats last season at High-A Stockton.
Lowrie’s history of injuries coupled with the ineffectiveness of Rodriguez makes this deal appear to be a winner. Carter could make Brett Wallace expendable and Peacock may have a shot at making the Opening Day roster. Stassi adds some much needed catching depth to the organization. Stay tuned to CTH for more reaction to this breaking story.