Jed Lowrie (Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports)
Unlike Berkman, the often injured Lowrie has been able to stay healthy in 2013. Jed has been a consistent performer in the middle of the diamond for an Oakland A’s team that appears to be headed to the playoffs. Jed has appeared in a career high 142 games, slashing .286/.344/.436 with 43 doubles and 67 RBIs.
Even though Fernando Rodriguez missed the entire season due to an elbow injury, this trade still looks like a winner for both teams. All three players acquired by the Astros (Chris Carter, Brad Peacock, and Max Stassi) have performed well enough to stay in the team’s future plans.