Athletics Exercise Lowrie’s Option
Lowrie’s Career Profile
Drafted in the first round by the Boston Red Sox in 2005, he would not make his debut until three years later in 2008. Lowrie would play for the Red Sox for four years, hitting .252 with 19 home runs and 117 RBI. During the 2011 off-season, Lowrie, along with pitcher Kyle Weiland, was traded to the Houston Astros. In exchange, the Red Sox acquired pitcher Mark Melancon. After one year in Houston, Lowrie would be traded again, this time with pitcher Fernando Rodriguez, to the Oakland Athletics. In exchange, the Astros would acquire first baseman Chris Carter, pitcher Brad Peacock, and catcher Max Stassi. After two years in Oakland, Lowrie would be go back to Houston, signing a three-year deal on December 15th, 2014.
After just one year of the three-year deal, Lowrie was traded back to Oakland in exchange for pitcher Brendan McCurry. In Lowrie’s 10 years in the league, he has hit .261 with 81 home runs and 410 RBI. In his four years with Oakland, Lowrie has a .272 batting average with 37 home runs and 221 RBI. During his four years with Boston, Lowrie hit .252 with 19 home runs and 117 RBI. While in Houston, Lowrie had a .235 batting average with 25 home runs and 72 RBI.
What This Means
For the Athletics, they retain one of their most reliable players who has prospered over the past couple years. Lowrie last year, for example, had a career high in doubles with 49 and hit a nice .227 at the age of 33. For the rest of the league, the utility player market gets a little bit smaller, but for Lowrie, he can settle down with Oakland and chase that ring.
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