Now that the dust has settled around the Jed Lowrie trade we can reflect and begin to see what the A’s actually received in the deal as well as how the A’s plan to use Lowrie. A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the A’s potentially landing Lowrie from the Astros, but that GM Billy Beane was refusing to meet the asking price that Houston was looking for. Beane eventually pulled the trigger on the deal sending Chris Carter, Brad Peacock, and Max Stassi to Houston for Lowrie and Fernando Rodriguez. Beane would later say last week that the trade did not happen until Rodriguez was added in.

Lowrie, who played shortstop with the Astros and, prior to that, with the Red Sox seems to be an extremely valuable piece for the A’s to now have. Manager Bob Melvin mentioned at the press conference that Lowrie will be used as a Michael Young type player. What this means is that Melvin will use Lowrie as a super utility, or in the A’s case a super platoon, player. He will split time at all the infield positions and be in the lineup nearly every day.