Houston, TX (Sports Network) - The Houston Astros acquired infielder Chris
Carter, pitcher Brad Peacock and catcher Max Stassi from the Oakland Athletics
in exchange for shortstop Jed Lowrie and pitcher Fernando Rodriguez on Monday.
"This trade gives us power, pitching and catching," Astros general manager
Jeff Luhnow said. "Three valuable commodities that will help improve our
Houston is coming off a franchise-worst 55-107 record which preceded their
move from the National League into the American League for the 2013 season.
Bothered by wrist and hand injuries, Lowrie hit just .244 with 16 home runs,
18 doubles and 42 RBI in 97 games last year.
Rodriguez struggled to a 2-10 record with a 5.37 earned run average in 70 1/3
innings over 71 appearances in 2012.
Carter, a right-handed hitter, batted .239 with career highs in homers (16),
doubles (12), walks (39) and RBI (39) in 67 games for the AL West champion A's
Peacock went 12-9 with a 6.01 ERA in 28 games (25 starts) for Sacramento of
the Pacific Coast League.
Stassi, 21, belted 15 homers and drove in 45 in 84 games for Single-A
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