OAKLAND, Calif. — The opportunity finally presented itself for Jed Lowrie.
For four frustrating seasons with the Red Sox he went from top prospect to oft-injured and unreliable utilityman. Dealt to the Astros after the Sox’ 2011 collapse, he spent a season, injured again, on a 107-loss team.
Traded again, to Oakland, Lowrie this year found himself in a clubhouse full of inexpensive upstarts, former first-round picks, and previously not-ready-for-primetime players.
The A’s thrive off others’ rummage and they gave Lowrie yet another chance to become an everyday player who could be free of injury and produce in a lineup that relishes on-base percentage and timely hitting.
Lowrie had 603 at-bats this year at age 29, just 46 fewer than his previous two seasons combined. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.