When the Oakland Athletics acquired Jed Lowrie from the Houston Astros last November, they thought they knew the type of player they were getting. It was, afterall, the second time in two years that the Houston and Oakland had made a trade for the versatile infielder.
The A’s thought they were getting a versatile mostly defensive player who they would be using all over the infield. Instead they’ve gotten a second baseman who is leading the team in errors but has become a complete RBI machine.
The first time Oakland acquired Lowrie from the Astros in 2013, he was part of a five player trade that sent slugger Chris Carter to Houston. Lowrie played with the A’s in 2013 and 2014, helping Oakland make the playoffs both seasons.
Over than span he hit .271 with a .331 on-base percentage, 21 home runs and 125 RBI. He played defense that was overall above the league average and played the majority of his game at shortstop but was moved around a bit.
Then after the 2014 season, when Lowrie had been declared a free agent, he chose to return to Houston on a three-year deal that guaranteed him a total of $23 million. So it was a bit “weird,” as Lowrie put it, when less than a year later he was traded back to Oakland for minor league pitcher Brendan McCurry.
At the time the trade didn’t appear as though it would be one of the offseason’s more impactful trades and it may not really be in the grand scheme of the 2016 season. However, the trade has made a big impact on the Oakland A’s offense. He’s been quietly leading the team and is an unsung hero for Oakland.
For more on Lowrie’s offensive accomplishments you can read the remainder of my column on Today’s Knuckleball by following the link below: