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A's get Lowrie in five-player deal

Image: Jed Lowrie (© Paul Sancya/AP Photo)
Jed Lowrie has major league experience at all four infield positions.
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One week before camps open across Major League Baseball, the Oakland A’s and Houston Astros showed that the offseason is far from over.

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The teams announced a five-player deal Monday evening, with infielder Jed Lowrie going from the Astros to the A’s as the centerpiece. Interestingly, this was an intra-division trade; the Astros are about to begin their first season in the American League West.

Lowrie, a switch-hitter with a career .743 OPS, appeals to Oakland because of his major league experience at all four infield positions. Hiroyuki Nakajima remains the A’s first choice to play shortstop, according to a major league source. That frees Lowrie to play elsewhere. Oakland doesn’t have a proven everyday player at third base or second base.

Fernando Rodriguez, a relief pitcher who made 71 appearances for Houston last year, went to Oakland with Lowrie, while the Astros obtained first baseman Chris Carter, right-hander Brad Peacock and minor league catcher Max Stassi from Oakland.

Carter, 26, was the right-handed half of a platoon at first base for A’s manager Bob Melvin down the stretch in 2012. He amassed big power numbers in a limited sample size — an .864 OPS and 16 home runs in only 260 plate appearances.

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Peacock, 25, reached the majors with the Washington Nationals in 2011 but struggled in the A’s farm system last year, going 12-9 with a 6.01 ERA in 28 games at Triple-A Sacramento. But he’s a highly regarded prospect who recently ranked fourth in the Oakland farm system, according to Baseball America.

Stassi produced a .799 OPS at Single-A Stockton last year, his second consecutive year in the California League. He’s relatively young — he won’t turn 22 until next month — and was Oakland’s 14th-best prospect, according to Baseball America.

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