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Despite plenty of interest, Astros plan to keep Jed Lowrie

Dec 3, 2012, 8:45 PM EDT

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The Astros don’t have many building blocks, but it seems they view shortstop Jed Lowrie as one of them. ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that they’re planning to hold on to him, even though several teams have asked about him.

Lowrie played like an All-Star in the first half of last season, only to get injured and fade later. He ended up batting .244/.331/.438with 16 homers in 340 at-bats.

Unfortunately, injuries have been the story of Lowrie’s career thus far, which is a big reason why the Red Sox were willing to trade him to Houston for Mark Melancon last winter. Lowrie turns 29 in April, but he’s yet to play in 100 games in a big-league season. Overall, he’s hit .250/.326/.417 in 1,148 at-bats.

  1. stex52 - Dec 3, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    Probably just reflects that they have a couple of shortstops in the system and he is a placeholder for now. Although I’m surprised they didn’t trade him for three high schoolers with no potential.

  2. thekingdave - Dec 3, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    As opposed to keeping him till he’s 34 and the club’s competitive again, then losing him for nothing or receiving less in return. Smart. Fire Luhnow!!!! Loud noises!!!

    • stex52 - Dec 4, 2012 at 9:07 AM

      Maybe they will prove me wrong in 2016 (certainly not before). But I am losing faith in this group. And 2016 is a long way off.

  3. thekingdave - Dec 4, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    You have absolutely nothing to back that up. It’s been one year. McLane sabotaged the roster for 7 seasons, probably longer. Luhnow is simply doing what McLane was too much of a coward to do in 2006.

    • stex52 - Dec 4, 2012 at 10:47 AM

      Don’t worry. I hear they have an offer to trade him for two junior high kids who are thinking about playing baseball in high school.

      • stlouis1baseball - Dec 4, 2012 at 12:19 PM

        Wow…Suze…I haven’t seen you this negative before. You have always taken it in stride to this point. What chaned?

      • stex52 - Dec 4, 2012 at 1:45 PM

        When they tried to low ball the best color broadcaster in the pros (the only one who kept it interesting for the last two seasons) and he walked to the Cubs.

        Something just snapped.

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