More changes may be coming to the Oakland infield following Wednesday’s deal to bring Jed Lowrie back to the Bay Area.
The Athletics acquired Lowrie from the Astros on Wednesday for minor league right-hander Brendan McCurry less than a year after Lowrie left Oakland to sign a three-year deal with Houston. Lowrie will take over at second base, making it all but certain return that the A’s next will move either second baseman Brett Lawrie or third baseman Danny Valencia, reports Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Lawrie hit .260/.299/.407 for the A’s last season after coming over from Toronto in the blockbuster deal involving Josh Donaldson. The 25-year-old Lawrie, who will be eligible for arbitration for a second time after making $1.9 million next season, could be an option for a team that does not want to overspend on a free agent second baseman such as Daniel Murphy of Howie Kendrick.
While the A’s continue to wheel and deal, here are a few more Thanksgiving leftovers from the rumor mill:
Jurickson Profar: Profar competed as a designated hitter in the Arizona Fall League as he continues to rehabilitate from a strained shoulder muscle that has limited him for the last two years. The Rangers already are deep at second with Rougned Odor and Hanser Alberto, so the return of Profar next season gives Texas some intriguing options. If healthy, Profar could be a valuable trade commodity at the July trade deadline, says Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News.
St. Louis Cardinals: With Lance Lynn lost for all of 2016 following elbow surgery, the Cardinals are shopping for pitching help. The timing could not be better since free agent starters are available at every price point, says Derrick Goold of the Post-Dispatch.
Chris Davis: The Astros have been mentioned as a possible suitor for the free agent slugger, but his hefty price tag (he’s a Scott Boras client) makes a deal unlikely, reports Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle.
Dee Gordon: The All-Star second baseman said in an MLB Network interview that his agent has been talking with the Miami Marlins about a contract extension. MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro hears the talks are “preliminary and have just started.”