Athletics trade for Jed Lowrie

Jed Lowrie is on the move again, this time to Oakland. The Houston Astros traded Lowrie and righthanded reliever Fernando Rodriguez to the Athletics for first baseman Chris Carter, righthander Brad Peacock, and catching prospect Max Stassi.

Lowrie, who turns 29 in April, hit .244/.331/.438 for the Astros last season. The trade is bit of a homecoming for Lowrie, an Oregon native who attended Stanford before the Red Sox drafted him in 2005.

The Sox traded the oft-injured Lowrie and Kyle Weiland to the Astros last year for righthander Mark Melancon.

Get this: Lowrie will make $2.4 million this season, which made him one of the highest paid players on the Astros. Their top-paid players now:

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RHP Bud Norris ($3 million)
1B Carlos Pena ($2.9 million)
RHP Jose Veras ($2 million)
LHP Wesley Wright ($1.025 million)
RHP Philip Humber ($850,000)

That’s amazing. And the Astros will be playing in the American League West this season.

Houston starts a four-game series at Fenway Park on April 25.

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