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Jed Lowrie, Astros avoid arbitration with one-year contract

Feb 9, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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Jed Lowrie and the Astros agreed to a one-year, $1.15 million deal, avoiding a hearing in the infielder’s first season of arbitration eligibility.

Lowrie, who was acquired from the Red Sox for Mark Melancon in December, filed for $1.5 million while the Astros countered at $900,000.

They settled $150,000 below the midpoint, but Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports that the deal includes some incentives that could add to his $1.15 million salary.

Lowrie is expected to replace Clint Barmes as the Astros’ everyday shortstop, but his health and defense there are both question marks.

  1. stex52 - Feb 9, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    Find me an Astro who isn’t a question mark.

  2. jeffa43 - Feb 9, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    You give Lowrie 1.1….. and…..
    Even though his health and D are a concern, he is slated to be the starting SS.

    Give the job to a better option Tommy Manzella! (Not that we want that, but it is the better option) His health and D are good, he will cost you a lot less…. and your pitchers will appreciate grounders being fielded as opposed to booted or short armed to first.

    Yes we understand that neither can hit the ball, but apparently that is not a concern this year…

    Example, You gave Jack Cust 2 million…. He hit 213 with 3 Home Runs, and his best years are a couple years behind him… or… is he in the best shape of his life?

    To answer stex52 above…. I think Bud Norris is not a question mark.. The #1 starter for Houston could be a #3-4 for almost anyone…

    As the worlds biggest Astro fan…. I am looking forward to Football season…

  3. patsandsox - Feb 9, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    Actully Lowrie is a very good hitter, it is staying healthy that has always been the issue

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