Lowrie makes perfect sense for Correa-less Astros

A's 2B looks like a fit for the AL's top team

Karl Buscheck
July 18, 2017 - 2:41 pm

With the news that Carlos Correa will be sidelined until September, it's time for Billy Beane to pick up his phone and call Jeff Luhnow, the general manager of the Houston Astros.

The Astros, the winngingest club in the American League, have a Correa-sized hole in their infield, and Jed Lowrie is just the guy to fill the gap.

Houston is expected to use super-utility man Marwin Gonzalez at shortstop while Correa recovers from the torn ligament in his left thumb. That's where Lowrie, who owns a .785 OPS and 10 home runs, enters the equation.

The switch-hiting Lowrie could slot into Gonzalez's super-sub role until Correa is ready to return for the stretch.

For both Lowrie and the A's, such a move would be a slam dunk. The veteran, who has already enjoyed two stints with the Astros, makes his offseason home in Houston. 

Meanwhile, cutting ties with Lowrie and his contract ($6.5 million this year, $6 million club option with a $1 million buyout in 2018), would clear the way for the return of Franklin Barreto. 

It's a move that makes sense all the way around. It's time for Beane, who recently said he's fully committed to the rebuild, to make it happen.

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