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Birth Date4-17-1984
Height6' 0"
Weight180 lbs
Age35 years, 2 months, 7 days
BatsB
ThrowsR
1.02015
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2.42017
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2008 BOS 24 81 306 67 25 3 2 35 68 1 1 0 .258 .339 .400 91 -2.7 -0.7 1.2 1.0
2009 BOS 25 32 76 10 2 0 2 6 20 0 0 0 .147 .211 .265 79 -1.7 0.3 -0.5 0.1
2010 BOS 26 55 197 49 14 0 9 25 25 1 1 1 .287 .381 .526 144 10.4 0.2 -2.1 1.6
2011 BOS 27 88 341 78 14 4 6 23 60 2 1 1 .252 .303 .382 97 -0.9 1.9 -1.3 1.2
2012 HOU 28 97 387 83 18 0 16 43 65 2 2 0 .244 .331 .438 119 8.5 0.6 6.0 3.2
2013 OAK 29 154 662 175 45 2 15 50 91 2 1 0 .290 .344 .446 120 15.6 -0.1 -8.3 3.2
2014 OAK 30 136 566 125 29 3 6 51 79 5 0 0 .249 .321 .355 102 1.5 -1.9 -8.1 1.4
2015 HOU 31 69 263 51 14 0 9 28 43 3 1 0 .222 .312 .400 115 5.5 1.2 -5.5 1.0
2016 OAK 32 87 369 89 12 1 2 26 65 1 0 0 .263 .314 .322 84 -6.3 -1.1 2.0 0.4
2017 OAK 33 153 645 157 49 3 14 73 100 2 0 1 .277 .360 .448 114 12.8 -2.4 -3.4 2.4
2018 OAK 34 157 680 159 37 1 23 78 128 3 0 0 .267 .353 .448 126 23.3 -3.0 -0.9 3.9
Career110944921043259171044387442273.262.335.41411166.1-5.0-20.719.5

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2005 LOW A- NYP 53 240 .252 .332 .362 .367 103 11.1 5.5 1.8 147 0 -0.4 -0.1 12.6 1.9
2006 WIL A+ CRL 97 438 .258 .338 .394 .310 96 6.7 11.6 4.3 99 0 -11.7 -0.7 -6.8 -0.3
2007 PME AA EAS 93 408 .268 .336 .397 .336 105 20.5 12.0 4.4 145 0 -5.7 2.0 20.9 3.4
2007 PAW AAA INT 40 177 .265 .332 .395 .352 93 7.5 5.3 1.9 128 0 5.2 0.5 6.0 1.8
2008 BOS MLB AL 81 306 .262 .330 .407 .328 108 -2.4 8.8 2.9 91 9 1.2 -0.7 -2.7 1.0
2008 PAW AAA INT 53 234 .271 .338 .417 .320 90 8.4 6.8 2.8 113 0 -7.7 -0.8 0.0 0.1
2009 BOS MLB AL 32 76 .260 .329 .422 .167 113 -6.3 2.2 0.9 79 10 -0.5 0.3 -1.7 0.1
2009 LOW A- NYP 3 13 .221 .322 .301 .200 95 0 0.4 0.2 109 0 -0.3 0.0 0.1 0.0
2009 PME AA EAS 1 5 .253 .344 .377 .600 85 1.6 0.1 0.1 150 0 -0.1 0.1 0.3 0.0
2009 PAW AAA INT 22 83 .269 .327 .388 .173 99 -1.7 2.4 0.9 95 0 0.5 0.1 -0.2 0.4
2010 BOS MLB AL 55 197 .253 .316 .393 .292 112 8.6 5.4 0.8 144 10 -2.1 0.2 10.4 1.6
2010 LOW A- NYP 6 21 .251 .327 .363 .429 108 2.2 0.6 -0.1 187 0 0.0 0.1 1.8 0.2
2010 PAW AAA INT 4 17 .280 .342 .462 .400 103 1.6 0.5 0 116 0 -0.2 0.0 0.3 0.1
2011 BOS MLB AL 88 341 .253 .317 .400 .289 109 -4.3 9.2 2.6 97 9 -1.3 1.9 -0.9 1.2
2011 PAW AAA INT 5 19 .266 .336 .424 .438 91 2.7 0.6 0 160 0 0.3 0.0 1.2 0.2
2012 HOU MLB NL 97 387 .254 .316 .406 .257 100 9.2 10.6 4.8 119 8 6.0 0.6 8.5 3.2
2012 OKL AAA PCL 2 8 .266 .346 .410 .500 97 1.1 0.2 0.1 113 0 -0.1 -0.1 0.2 0.0
2013 OAK MLB AL 154 662 .257 .320 .407 .319 94 19.6 17.4 5.1 120 9 -8.3 -0.1 15.6 3.2
2014 OAK MLB AL 136 566 .252 .312 .389 .281 93 1.5 14.6 6.3 102 8 -8.1 -1.9 1.5 1.4
2014 SAC AAA PCL 2 9 .257 .326 .421 .250 75 -1.1 0.3 0.1 76 0 0.1 0.0 -0.3 0.0
2015 HOU MLB AL 69 263 .253 .313 .407 .233 105 0.4 7.1 1.4 115 14 -5.5 1.2 5.5 1.0
2015 CCH AA TEX 5 15 .259 .341 .386 .250 115 -1 0.4 0.1 53 0 -0.5 0.0 -1.0 -0.1
2016 OAK MLB AL 87 369 .261 .324 .427 .316 100 -12.2 10.4 -0.7 84 7 2.0 -1.1 -6.3 0.4
2016 NAS AAA PCL 1 5 .285 .331 .448 .250 125 -0.1 0.1 0 107 0 -0.2 0.0 0.0 0.0
2017 OAK MLB AL 153 645 .249 .317 .420 .314 104 12.4 18.9 -1.8 114 5 -3.4 -2.4 12.8 2.4
2018 OAK MLB AL 157 680 .251 .316 .418 .304 98 22.6 19.1 -0.8 126 11 -0.9 -3.0 23.3 3.9
2019 SLU A+ FSL 2 8 .184 .260 .252 .167 110 -0.7 0.2 0.1 73 0 0.3 0.0 -0.2 0.0
2019 SYR AAA INT 6 26 .232 .310 .394 .214 104 -2.7 0.9 0.1 58 0 -1.0 -0.3 -1.3 -0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2005 LOW A- NYP 240 201 36 66 12 0 4 90 32 34 30 7 5 .328 .427 .448 .119 2 2
2006 WIL A+ CRL 438 374 43 98 21 6 3 140 50 54 65 2 2 .262 .358 .374 .112 0 0
2007 PME AA EAS 408 337 61 100 31 7 8 169 49 65 58 5 3 .297 .409 .501 .205 3 3
2007 PAW AAA INT 177 160 21 48 16 1 5 81 21 12 33 0 1 .300 .360 .506 .206 0 0
2008 BOS MLB AL 306 260 34 67 25 3 2 104 46 35 68 1 0 .258 .339 .400 .142 8 2
2008 PAW AAA INT 234 198 35 53 14 2 5 86 32 31 43 1 0 .268 .367 .434 .167 0 0
2009 BOS MLB AL 76 68 5 10 2 0 2 18 11 6 20 0 0 .147 .211 .265 .118 2 0
2009 LOW A- NYP 13 11 2 2 2 0 0 4 1 2 1 0 0 .182 .308 .364 .182 0 0
2009 PAW AAA INT 83 68 9 12 3 0 3 24 8 13 13 0 0 .176 .317 .353 .176 0 0
2009 PME AA EAS 5 5 1 3 1 0 0 4 2 0 0 0 0 .600 .600 .800 .200 0 0
2010 LOW A- NYP 21 15 2 6 1 0 0 7 5 5 1 0 0 .400 .550 .467 .067 0 0
2010 BOS MLB AL 197 171 31 49 14 0 9 90 24 25 25 1 1 .287 .381 .526 .240 0 0
2010 PAW AAA INT 17 15 3 5 3 0 1 11 4 1 4 1 0 .333 .375 .733 .400 0 0
2011 BOS MLB AL 341 309 40 78 14 4 6 118 36 23 60 1 1 .252 .303 .382 .129 6 1
2011 PAW AAA INT 19 17 2 7 4 0 0 11 5 2 1 0 0 .412 .474 .647 .235 0 0
2012 OKL AAA PCL 8 6 1 3 0 0 0 3 3 1 1 0 0 .500 .500 .500 .000 1 0
2012 HOU MLB NL 387 340 43 83 18 0 16 149 42 43 65 2 0 .244 .331 .438 .194 2 0
2013 OAK MLB AL 662 603 80 175 45 2 15 269 75 50 91 1 0 .290 .344 .446 .156 4 3
2014 OAK MLB AL 566 502 59 125 29 3 6 178 50 51 79 0 0 .249 .321 .355 .106 6
2014 SAC AAA PCL 9 9 1 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 .222 .222 .222 .000 0
2015 CCH AA TEX 15 14 0 3 1 0 0 4 2 0 2 0 0 .214 .267 .286 .071 0 0
2015 HOU MLB AL 263 230 35 51 14 0 9 92 30 28 43 1 0 .222 .312 .400 .178 2 0
2016 NAS AAA PCL 5 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 .250 .400 .250 .000 0 0
2016 OAK MLB AL 369 338 30 89 12 1 2 109 27 26 65 0 0 .263 .314 .322 .059 4 0
2017 OAK MLB AL 645 567 86 157 49 3 14 254 69 73 100 0 1 .277 .360 .448 .171 3 0
2018 OAK MLB AL 680 596 78 159 37 1 23 267 99 78 128 0 0 .267 .353 .448 .181 3 0
2019 SYR AAA INT 26 24 2 4 0 0 1 7 1 2 9 0 0 .167 .231 .292 .125 0 0
2019 SLU A+ FSL 8 7 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 .143 .250 .143 .000 0 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2008 1235 0.4996 0.4024 0.7948 0.5964 0.2087 0.8587 0.6124 0.2052 0.0081
2009 298 0.5503 0.4497 0.8284 0.6159 0.2463 0.8713 0.6970 0.1716 0.0049
2010 776 0.5361 0.4149 0.8602 0.5938 0.2083 0.8826 0.7867 0.1398 -0.0102
2011 1263 0.5218 0.4624 0.8202 0.6555 0.2517 0.8681 0.6842 0.1798 0.0063
2012 1546 0.5026 0.4094 0.8389 0.6010 0.2159 0.8779 0.7289 0.1611 -0.0048
2013 2436 0.5062 0.4758 0.8456 0.6602 0.2868 0.8882 0.7449 0.1544 -0.0108
2014 2080 0.5024 0.4817 0.8533 0.6823 0.2792 0.9018 0.7336 0.1467 -0.0125
2015 1068 0.4803 0.4522 0.8282 0.6589 0.2613 0.8521 0.7724 0.1718 -0.0007
2016 1413 0.5004 0.4621 0.8208 0.6266 0.2975 0.8510 0.7571 0.1792 0.0000
2017 2569 0.4920 0.4796 0.8133 0.7160 0.2506 0.8575 0.6911 0.1867 0.0000
2018 2731 0.4984 0.4570 0.7973 0.6591 0.2562 0.8528 0.6553 0.2027 0.0000
Career174150.50280.45630.82540.65430.25650.86950.71010.1746-0.0028

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-09-22 2014-09-22 DTD 0 0 Left Foot Contusion -
2014-08-14 2014-09-01 15-DL 18 16 Left Fingers Recovery From Previous Injury Index Finger Fracture -
2014-08-05 2014-08-07 DTD 2 2 Left Fingers Fracture Index Finger -
2014-05-29 2014-05-29 DTD 0 0 - Neck Strain Trapezius -
2014-05-19 2014-05-22 DTD 3 2 - Neck Strain - -
2014-04-08 2014-04-09 DTD 1 0 Right Lower Leg Contusion Shin - -
2013-09-16 2013-09-17 DTD 1 1 - Thigh Tightness Hamstring - -
2013-08-14 2013-08-14 DTD 0 0 Right Knee Soreness - -
2013-07-06 2013-07-07 DTD 1 1 Right Lower Leg Strain Calf - -
2013-05-22 2013-05-26 DTD 4 3 Right Foot Contusion - -
2013-04-28 2013-04-29 DTD 1 1 - Neck Stiffness - -
2012-07-15 2012-09-11 15-DL 58 53 Right Ankle Nerve Injury Peroneal Nerve After Spraining Ankle - -
2012-03-30 2012-04-13 15-DL 14 6 Right Thumb Sprain - -
2012-03-21 2012-03-23 Camp 2 0 Left Foot Contusion Foul Ball - -
2011-09-14 2011-09-19 DTD 5 5 Left Shoulder Inflammation Cortisone Injection - -
2011-09-04 2011-09-06 DTD 2 2 Left Shoulder Tightness - -
2011-06-17 2011-08-07 15-DL 51 44 Left Shoulder Nerve Injury Contusion To Posterior Shoulder -
2011-06-12 2011-06-15 DTD 3 2 Left Shoulder Soreness - -
2011-06-06 2011-06-09 DTD 3 2 Left Shoulder Inflammation Since Collision -
2011-05-30 2011-05-31 DTD 1 1 Left Shoulder Soreness Player Collision -
2011-05-11 2011-05-13 DTD 2 1 General Medical Illness -
2011-05-07 2011-05-07 DTD 0 0 - General Medical Gastrointestinal GI - -
2011-05-06 2011-05-06 DTD 0 0 Left Wrist Soreness Landed on It -
2010-03-26 2010-07-21 60-DL 117 94 General Medical Recovery From Infectious Disease Mononucleosis -
2010-03-11 2010-03-26 Camp 15 0 General Medical Infectious Disease Mononucleosis -
2009-08-07 2009-09-08 15-DL 32 30 Left Wrist Nerve Injury Ulnar Neuritis -
2009-04-12 2009-07-08 60-DL 87 78 Left Wrist Surgery Ligament and Ulnar Styloid Process 2009-04-21
2006-05-02 2006-06-07 Minors 36 0 Not Disclosed -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2020 NYN $11,500,000
2019 NYN $8,500,000
2018 OAK $6,000,000
2017 OAK $6,500,000
2016 OAK $7,500,000
2015 HOU $8,000,000
2014 OAK $5,250,000
2013 OAK $2,400,000
2012 HOU $1,150,000
2011 BOS $450,000
2010 BOS $434,000
2009 BOS $414,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
10 yrPrevious$38,098,000
2019Current$8,500,000
11 yrPvs + Cur$46,598,000
1 yrFuture$11,500,000
12 yrTotal$58,098,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
10 y 111 dExcel Sports2 years/$20M (2019-20)

Details
  • 2 years/$20M (2019-20). Signed by NY Mets as a free agent 1/11/19. $5M signing bonus ($1M paid 3/15/19, $1M on 11/15/19, $0.5M on 1/15/20, $2.5M on 1/15/21). 19:$6M, 20:$9M. Annual performance bonuses: $0.5M for 550 plate appearances. Award bonuses. Assignment bonuses: $0.5M with trade.
  • 3 years/$23M (2015-17), plus 2018 club option. Signed by Houston as a free agent 12/15/14. 15:$8M, 16:$7.5M, 17:$6.5M, 18:$6M club option ($1M buyout). Acquired by Oakland in trade from Houston 11/25/15. Oakland exercised 2018 option 10/17.
  • 1 year/$5.25M (2014). Re-signed by Oakland 1/17/14 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$2.4M (2013). Re-signed by Houston 1/18/13 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by Oakland in trade from Houston 2/4/13.
  • 1 year/$1.15M (2012). Re-signed by Houston 2/8/12 (avoided arbitration, $1.5M-$0.9M). Performance bonuses: $25,000 each for 341, 502, 550 plate appearances.
  • 1 year/$0.45M (2011). Re-signed by Boston 3/8/11. Acquired by Houston in trade from Boston 12/14/11.
  • 1 year/$0.434M (2010). Re-signed by Boston 3/8/10.
  • 1 year/$0.414M (2009). Re-signed by Boston 3/10/09. Recalled 7/18/09.
  • 1 year (2008). Contract purchased 4/10/08. Optioned to Triple-A 5/1/08. Recalled 7/12/08.
  • Drafted by Boston 2005 (1s-45) (Stanford). $0.75M signing bonus.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ VORP FRAA WARP
90o 217 27 59 14 1 5 27 25 36 0 0 .312 .394 .476 131 14.1 3B -2, 2B 0 1.2
80o 198 24 53 13 1 5 23 22 34 0 0 .305 .384 .477 124 10.8 3B -2, 2B 0 0.9
70o 185 21 47 11 1 4 21 20 32 0 0 .290 .370 .444 118 8.6 3B -2, 2B 0 0.7
60o 173 20 43 10 1 4 20 18 30 0 0 .281 .358 .438 114 7.0 3B -2, 2B 0 0.6
50o 162 18 40 9 1 4 18 16 29 0 0 .280 .354 .441 110 5.5 3B -1, 2B 0 0.4
40o 151 16 36 9 1 3 16 15 27 0 0 .269 .344 .418 105 4.2 3B -1, 2B 0 0.3
30o 139 15 32 8 0 3 15 13 26 0 0 .258 .331 .395 101 3.0 3B -1, 2B 0 0.2
20o 126 13 28 7 0 3 13 12 24 0 0 .250 .325 .393 96 1.7 3B -1, 2B 0 0.1
10o 107 10 22 5 0 2 10 9 20 0 0 .229 .299 .344 88 0.3 3B -1, 2B 0 -0.1
Weighted Mean1651841101418172900.281.358.4451115.93B -1, 2B 00.5

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DateQuestionAnswer
2019-02-06 21:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Andres Gimenez of the Mets can get regular playing time this year or next ? Would he need to switch positions with Cano, Rosario, and even Jed Lowrie. I thought maybe he could go to 2nd before the Cano trade. Thanks
(Thanks from Fargo)
This year, no. Next year, sure. If he forces the issue, a spot will open up for him, no matter where it is. I wouldn't overthink the impact on him. -BS (Dynasty 101 Chat w/ Ben Carsley and Bret Sayre)
2018-05-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)With Jorge Mateo, Franklin Barreto, and Sheldon Neuse all knocking at the door of the majors, what should the A's do with them? Matt Chapman is ensconced at 3B. The A's aren't giving Barreto or Mateo reps in center despite the fact Dustin Fowler is at best a tick below average defensively there. And it isn't clear Mateo or Barreto would be better than Marcus Semien at shortstop. They can't all play second base...
(John from Harrisonburg)
So this is a good problem for a team to have. Talent logjams have a way of clearing up. Remember when the Cubs had Too Many Shortstops? The thing about some of these guys is that some of them simply wind up being not that great, and you can trade people for stuff too. I mean, is Neuse really threatening to unseat anyone right now? Barreto will work his way into the lineup somehow. Part of the reason some of these guys are still in Triple-A is that Jed Lowrie has been playing his ass off, but he's a free agent after this year. Patience, grasshopper. (Nicolas Stellini)
2018-05-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)The A's are hanging in there right now, but I highly doubt they are making a run as the season heads into summer. What are realistic returns for guys like Jed Lowrie, Blake Treinen, Matt Joyce, Jonathan Lucroy, and Khris Davis?
(John from Harrisonburg)
Man, this is tough. The four hitters you mentioned are all playing well now, same as Treinen ... but I think it all depends on perceived need by any acquiring team. Joyce probably pulls the least value of the five, in my opinion, because his role is filled by lots of other players out there on the open market. To me, he's probably a dude that pulls back a flyer-type prospect in that C+ range.

Lucroy could be a big upgrade over a team with a dire catching situation (read: the Nationals), so I could absolutely see a team dealing something from the bottom part of their Top 10 to acquire him on a short-term deal. If he punched a ball over the fence once or twice before the deadline, that'd help his cause.

Davis is an interesting case, as I think his market would be more limited to AL teams, and I think those front offices might see his low BABIP making him something of a buy-low candidate. But he's going to be very expensive in arbitration this offseason, so I'm not sure anyone would see him as a tremendous value, which will drive down his return. Maybe a Top 15 prospect in a strong system? Hard to say.

Treinen is probably the big-ticket item of this bunch, with two more years after this under inexpensive team control. A legitimate prospect could come back to the A's in exchange for his arm (and the rest of him, I guess), and probably 10-12 teams will be looking for a reliever at the deadline. I could see this deal looking like the Justin Wilson trade from the last deadline, with a Jeimer Candelario prospect coming back.

Finally, there's Lowrie. Jed! has been outrageous, and I think he remains underrated and undervalued across the board. The Indians, Cardinals, Diamondbacks, and others could be fun fits this season ... but I'd think the A's would be wise to try to pull the trigger on this deal ASAP. I think he could return a top-10 guy too, but more likely a close-to-the-majors or big-league piece that has more team control and a relatively low upside. (Bryan Grosnick)
2017-02-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does Franline Barreto see the majors this year?
(Buddy from Peoria, IL)
Yeah, I think so. There's no one blocking him that's like a long-term piece for the A's -- Semien and Plouffe are decent stopgaps, but you could easily move them to the bench for a future starter. And if you think Jed Lowrie will be healthy all year I have a bridge to sell you. So somewhere in the infield, there's a spot open that I think he'll claim sooner than later. (Trevor Strunk)
2015-12-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)I need help understanding the Brett Lawrie trade. While he is no Josh Donadlson (cough), he is a 2-3 WAR 3B with some upside, and pretty cheap. Beane traded him off for 2 middling prospects, in order to clear space for.....Jed Lowrie and Danny Valencia?
(Q-Ball from Chicago)
I'm not sure I'm the one to help you, as I found that move puzzling to say the least as well. The team touched on it a little in the TA yesterday, but given the prospect return Oakland got it's tough to not see the Donaldson trade as anything but an unmitigated disaster at this point. Looooot of pressure on Franklin Barreto, who I like a good bit but...doesn't look like Josh Donaldson 2.0. http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=28038 (Wilson Karaman)
2015-07-23 17:00:00 (link to chat)I have a bunch of fringy MI in a 20 team dynasty league. But because it's a 20 teamer, they all have some value. If you have to cut one of Brad Miller, Eugenio Suarez, Arismendy Alcantara, Jed Lowrie, or Cesar Hernandez, which 1 of them would you get rid of? How would you rank those guys in a dynasty league going forward?
(Thomas from Wrigleyville)
I'd cut Hernandez, although if you're counting on stats for this year, that's kind of tough. The long term ranking for me is Alcantara, Miller, Lowrie, Suarez, and Hernandez. (Mike Gianella)
2014-12-16 19:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat, Chris!! What impact, if any, does the Jed Lowrie signing have on the arrival of Carlos Correa?? Any estimate of when we will see him in Houston??
(Jimmy from Houston)
You are welcome, Jimmy! I appreciate all of the interest and great questions from you all!

I don't think any because if a player like Correa is ready to play in the bigs, especially hit, then you find a spot for him in the lineup. It usually ends up working out. Lowrie also hasn't been the most durable of players over the course of his career.

Give me a September call-up for Correa this season. (Top 10s Chat With Chris Mellen)
2015-02-16 11:00:00 (link to chat)Can Marcus Semien be Matt Carpenter lite for Oakland at any point?
(Chipshot212 from MA)
I keep thinking Jed Lowrie-spotty defense, some pop, etc. Maybe that's just the obvious/lazy comp, but that's where my mind goes when I think about Semien's upside. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-11-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are you thinking the Padres do this offseason? Does Preller finally make a splash for the Padres?
(padremurph from Los Angeles)
There's been some buzz of the Padres kicking the tires on Sandoval, padremurph, so some sort of move certainly seems possible. If they can convince a mid-tier free agent outfielder or left-side infielder to come to Petco, I think Preller will dabble in free agency. My guess is Sandoval either returns to SF or signs with the Red Sox, but someone like Jed Lowrie could be on the way. (Daniel Rathman)
2014-10-03 11:00:00 (link to chat)I'm reading a lot of comments that the Cespedes/Lester trade was a bad deal for Oakland. But I still think the Russell/Samardzija trade is the one that will haunt them. Your thoughts?
(Jim from St Paul)
A superficial (but still emotionally compelling) answer is: Lester pitched in a playoff game. There's a decent chance Samardzija never will, either because he's traded this offseason or because the A's don't quite have enough next year, sans a middle infield, a left fielder, a catcher who can be counted on defensively, a center fielder who can play even close to every day, etc. etc. etc. etc.

But more importantly, in the wake of the Cespedes/Lester trade, it became clear that Cespedes wasn't going to be in Oakland in 2015 no matter what. The question was what they could get back for him in the offseason vs. midyear 2014, and while the classic trade would have been to get prospects back for him, it's hardly unforgivable to instead take a two-month maybe-ace and add him to what was looking at the time like a real shot at a World Series trophy.

I'd hope it goes unsaid that all the bunk about how the Cespedes trade killed the A's offense is bunk. John Jaso's concussion and Brandon Moss' hip and Coco Crisp's neck and Stephen Vogt's foot, along with that unfortunate few weeks where both Jed Lowrie and Nick Punto were hurt at the same time all have a lot more to do with the A's regression in run-scoring than the mystical Cespedes and his magical protection abilities.

That said, if Jeff Samardzija pitches 2015 for the A's and pitches it as well as he did in 2014 for the A's (that 8:1 K:BB ratio is incredible) and Oakland gets back to the playoffs again despite looking for all the world like 2014 was the last gasp, then even that trade won't look quite so bad. (Jason Wojciechowski)
2014-06-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)20 team dynasty league, H2H format: Ian Desmond for Jed Lowrie + Tyson Ross. Who comes out ahead?
(Jon from Grand Junction)
I love Desmond, but I'd take the pair in that trade. In a 20-teamer, depth is so key and two strong assets are better than one star-potential asset (especially since he hasn't been a star asset thus far) (Paul Sporer)
2014-03-12 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is Addison Russell going to get enough PA's to qualify for Rookie of the Year?
(flashtheleather from (In the glove))
Unlikely, but I suppose he's just a Jed Lowrie injury away from something more serious than a September call-up. (Ben Lindbergh)
2013-11-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)The most impactful transaction(s) the Cardinals should make this offseason would be...
(Stephen from Jackson)
I'd try to get Jed Lowrie.

(I just checked and Ben scooped that answer by including Lowrie in his article today. Dang. I shouldn't have suggested Lowrie to him yesterday.) (Sam Miller)
2013-10-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)If you were Oakland, who stays and goes for 2014? Some choices are obvious -- Chris Young and Kurt Suzuki are gone. Grant Balfour and Bartolo Colon are probably not affordable. Brett Anderson, Seth Smith, and Josh Reddick are all non-tender candidates, though Smith and Reddick could be back because it doesn't look like Michael Choice is ready. How do they fix the middle of the infield? Jed Lowrie isn't going to put up this type of offense to make up for that poor of a glove and Eric Sogard and Albert Callaspo -- just, no. The Coliseum hides the total mediocre state of the A's rotation.
(Dave from Chicago)
Great question. Agree on Young and Suzuki. Balfour will probably price himself out of Oakland, a team that has no problem with a revolving door of closers. I think that Reddick sticks around, unless his homer counts exorbitantly drive up the price in his first year of arbitration. It will be interesting to see what Colon wants contractually, and the A's could easily bow out if he wants a multi-year deal. There is no way that the A's pay $8 million for Anderson next year, so his option will be declined, but it will be interesting to see if he re-signs on a one-year deal to re-establish his value. Coco Crisp will probably be taken up on his $7.5 million option, given his somewhat unique blend of speed and power in CF (as well as his clubhouse appeal). The A's like the power that Lowrie offers in the middle of the diamond, and their backup options are less than inspiring (Nakajima has turned out to be a waste of $6.5 million).

The A's pitching succeeds in many ways that are tough to see. Yes, the Coliseum and its immense foul territory certainly help, but the A's have an excellent system in place for pitcher development. They emphasize balance, posture, and pitch repetition - and they eschew the slide step! So they earn the benefit of the doubt when it comes to developing pitchers from within and identifying which arms to bring into the system.


On the jukebox: Aerosmith, "Ragdoll" (Doug Thorburn)
2013-05-22 18:00:00 (link to chat)Who has a better ROS Jed Lowrie or Andrus?
(Sissy Cuck from Orlando)
Andrus - simply on games played as Lowrie has never shown the ability to play a full season. (Jason Collette)
2013-04-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Josh Reddick, flash in the pan and what we've seen late season into this year is the real Reddick, or, will be just fine and finish with numbers similar to '12?
(LoyalRoyal from KS, USA)
I don't think he's as good as his 2012. In the offseason, I suggested Oakland sell high on him out of what appeared to be an outfield surplus. However, it looks like the guys they did give away in the Jed Lowrie deal haven't amounted to much yet.

Reddick ought to be better than this and he will be, but 32 home runs is probably too ambitious. (Zachary Levine)
2013-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think of the haul (Chris Carter, Brad Peacock, and Max Stassi) the Astros got for Jed Lowrie?
(Dave from Houston)
Impressed with the return. I've been impressed with the 'Stros ability to acquire talent. (Jason Parks)
2013-01-29 14:00:00 (link to chat)It recently came out that Houston and Oakland were discussing a possible Jed Lowrie trade that would have sent Chris Carter and a pitcher to Houston. Should we be glad that it fell through? I have to believe that Lowrie would command more than that at the deadline if he's healthy for the first four months of the season.
(Ashitaka1110 from Houston, TX)
It's hard to judge what a deal would have meant for each team without knowing all of the pieces involved, but a healthy Lowrie - given the dearth of productive hitters who can play a passable shortstop - could be an excellent trade chip.

A related question, from webberoo11, asked who the "young pitcher" from Oakland might have been. One of the "On the Outside Looking In" starting pitchers (http://www.mlbdepthcharts.com/2012/10/oakland-athletics-2012-13-offseason.html#.UQgmLInjkjE) might have made sense. Purely speculating, I'll say either Brad Peacock or Sonny Gray. (Daniel Rathman)
2013-01-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat, R.J. Please rank the following infielders by 2013 fantasy upside: Josh Rutledge, Logan Forsythe, Jed Lowrie, Everth Cabrera, Chris Nelson, Adeiny Hechavarria, and Donovan Solano.
(Todd from Oakland)
Hey Todd,

I'm not too good at fantasy (as Marc Normandin can attest) but I'd rank 'em something like:

Lowrie - Hurt often but probably the best hitter of the bunch
Cabrera - Should swipe a ton of bags and he has the positional advantage over Forsythe
Rutledge - Not as good as last year but he can hit and that park will help
Forsythe - Park hurts
Nelson - Park should help
Solano - I think I undersold him last year, but I don't know that I can put him higher
Hechavarria - Not sold that he's a fantasy contributor (R.J. Anderson)
2012-10-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)What (if any) moves do you see the Houston Astros trying to make this off season?
(Shawn from Waltham, MA)
Houston should be in full asset accumulation mode. That means making a few more trades. Jed Lowrie seems like a prime candidate to be on the move. Granted, there will be some reservations based on the premise that Lowrie might stay healthy for an entire season and then bring back a bigger bounty. I think you'll see Houston snatch up some veteran free-agent types on one-year deals, too. In part to reenergize the fanbase, and also in part because they could get some value out of those players. (R.J. Anderson)
2012-06-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)I don't know if its the most intriguing but Jed Lowrie's 13 HRs already is pretty surprising.
(Charlie from Bethesda)
Lowrie was certainly someone I would have put in that question if I didn't feel like I was running out of room. Trumbo (16), Reddick (15), Plouffe (14), Willingham (13) and LaHair (13) all would have fit nicely too. (Larry Granillo)
2012-06-13 12:00:00 (link to chat)Should the Astros sell high on Jed Lowrie? Or, if this version is "real," is he a cornerstone of some succesful future Astros team?
(ekanenh from Capitol City)
I always wonder about the notion of selling "high" or "low" on a player - it's not like potential trading partners don't know about the whole of Lowrie's career, for instance, and while you may find a team that values his more recent performance than you do, it seems to me a much more limited form of arbitrage than it's made out to be. The short answer is that the Astros should trade Lowrie if they get an offer for him that they think is more valuable to them long-term than Lowrie is. (Colin Wyers)
2012-03-14 13:30:00 (link to chat)Who will be the Astros' All-Star? A's? White Sox?
(Eric Sogard from Surprise)
This is a fun question, and a hard one. Mike Fast can't qualify, right? I'll go out on a limb (it's hard to pick an Astro All-Star without going out on a limb) and guess Jed Lowrie stays healthy for a half season and earns a spot. For the A's and White Sox, I'll go with relievers: Grant Balfour and Addison Reed. (Ben Lindbergh)
2011-08-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)It's slim pickin's at shortstop in my league. Just picked up Betancourt who has been hot. Is he a better play than Jed Lowrie over the remainder of the season? I know Marc N. was high on Lowrie, but he didn't play all that well for me earlier in the season and I worry about him not getting enough playing time.
(DanDaMan from Vineyard)
I'm probably not as high as Marc on Lowrie; never being a huge fan. He's good, but he'll split PT, at least partially, with Scutaro, and I'd probably go with Betancourt, as unspectacular as he is. If nothing else, he's a safer play. (Derek Carty)
2011-04-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)$25, or one-quarter of the full FAAB allotment, wasn't too much to bid for Jed Lowrie, right? If not, how come you didn't top it?
(Mike P from NYC)
It was you! I bid $10 on him because I was already set at those positions and have other places I should probably hold on to that money for. $25 isn't too much if you're not planning on keeping him at that price. FAAB is there to spend, yeah? (Marc Normandin)
2011-01-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)In a really deep league (20 team dynasty) how valuable is Jed Lowrie this year?
(Brendan from Chicago)
If Lowrie starts--and I think he may--he should be very valuable. Many of you probably know that I wasn't a big Lowrie fan in the past, for multiple reasons. The defense just isn't good, and he looked very lost at the plate, which led to strikeouts and poor plate appearances. Last year though, his wrist appeared healthy and he looked like he knew what he was doing at the plate, which resulted in far fewer strikeouts and more quality ABs. In a fantasy format, especially one where defense has no bearing, Lowrie is capable of being one of the better SS options available, even though he won't be stealing bases for you. That's with a mixed format in mind, so in a 20 team league, he's even more important. 20 teams means someone needs to do something like play Clint Barmes. (Marc Normandin)
2010-10-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Know where I can find an OBP-heavy second baseman?
(Jed Hoyer from San Diego)
Jed Lowrie! Though his defense at second base may leave something to be desired. He can swing it, at least.

Re-signing David Eckstein for around $1M for the third time in a row seems the safest bet. Plenty of surplus value there, and he's an average player thanks to his defense. (Marc Normandin)
2010-09-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Jed Lowrie? Him slugging above .500 with a .374 OBP sure seems impressive, even if it's not clear where he would play next year if he stayed with the Sox.
(SGreenwell from North Kingstown, RI)
I believe in the bat, but it's tough to count on him for a full season, given his medical record. There's also the whole problem of not really having a natural position, except, perhaps, for second base, which is occupied. For what it's worth (probably quite a bit), subject-matter-expert Marc Normandin thinks he might be best-suited for a super-utility role. (Ben Lindbergh)
2010-09-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)FWIW, Jed Lowrie has looked incredibly unnatural when playing 2nd base to me, like there's no way in hell I would ever consider it his natural position in any way. He looks much better at both SS and 3rd.
(judy from Boston, MA)
Better, maybe, but good enough to start? I won't attempt to offer a definitive answer. (Ben Lindbergh)
2010-09-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)How convinced are you that Jed Lowrie has blossomed as an impact player?
(Clark-El from Anchorage)
Not convinced at all. Lowrie is basically Bill Hall, with a few differences. Hall can field better, and Lowrie gets on base more. They are both at their best in a super-utility role and can provide a bat off of the bench as well. (Marc Normandin)
2010-02-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Steve, I'm enjoying BP2010 so far, but noticed it seems a little edgier than usual. Your intro in particular seems to be a little harsh towards Bill James. And why does Brandon Inge get "points for toughness", but Jed Lowrie is "stupid" for playing through pain? Lowrie was trying to achieve his dream of making it to the majors while Inge was already there and could have rested knowing he'd still have a spot on the major league roster whenever he heeled.
(DanDaMan from Sea Cliff)
There was no intention to be eddy; the authors said what they said and I don't try to impose my judgment on them beyond reigning in comments that are just inappropriate in some way, and that is a very rare occurrence. I will point out that there's a significant difference between Lowrie trying to hit through a wrist injury and Inge trying to play through knee problems. In the former case, there's not a lot of hope of it working out; in the latter at least the equipment works from the waist up.

Now let me say this about the intro and Bill James, because this also came up in a couple of Amazon reviews: I'm stunned, honestly. What I was trying to do was encapsulate the state of the "industry" (such as it is, or was) at the time that BP came into existence. It was not my intention to say anything critical about Bill, whom I revere. Without Bill pioneering this field, none of us would have these wonderful jobs that we have, where we get paid to watch, write, and talk about baseball. I know that my career got its start specifically because my first publisher was looking for another Rob Neyer, whose own career owes its start to Bill (my answer: "I can't be a second Neyer, but I can be the first Steven Goldman," and apparently that sufficed). Our debt to Mr. James is so obvious as to not need stating, certainly not in that place. (Steven Goldman)
2009-12-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Mark, Using the Santana Trade as a template: Is a trade of Boston players: Casey Kelly (5 star prospect), Jed Lowrie (MLB Utility INF possible SS/2B), plus a B/B- level prospect like a Gibson (SS)[Navarro (INF) or Lin (OF)] for Doc Halladay work? Remember, Santana netted the Twins Carlos Gomez, great defense with a progressing bat, and the Mulvey/Humber/Guerra trio. Not a very impressive bevy of pitchers. In short, Minnosota received 1 really good player plus some filler in the trade - due to Santana's trade demands, his potential extention price tag and having only 1 year left on the existing contract. The Blue Jays can't possibly get much more than the Twins received in their Trade?
(Steven from New England)
I think Minnesota's deal would actually be a reason to expect the Jays to get more, as they will hold out as long as they can until someone is desperate enough to cave in to their demands. I'm not sure how accurate the reports are, but I kept hearing that the Sox would have to give up both Kelley and Clay Buchholz to make this work. I'm not sure how I feel about that, as much as I love Halladay. (Marc Normandin)
2009-10-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you missed it, Jed Lowrie hit a grand slam on the last day of the regular season, but doing so caused him obvious pain. He's spent basically this whole season and the offseason before it trying to get his wrist in order, and it's unclear to me that anything has improved. So what's the deal? What even is the specific problem at this point? Why does it refuse to go away? Is it some kind of fragility issue with Lowrie, or does it have more to do with how Boston has handled his rehabs/surgery? Most importantly, what are his chances to overcome this going forward? I know that's a lot of questions; I'd greatly appreciate it if you could provide the answer to ANY of them.
(OldBean from Boston)
Wrist injuries linger, it's as simple as that. You must have missed the whole drama with David Ortiz, Bean ...

Once a wrist injury does heal, which can take as much as 12-18 months, there's no real problem. (Again, note Ortiz.) I think Lowrie will be better by the start of spring training given the injury, but I'm going to couch that a bit because of the setbacks. (Will Carroll)
2009-09-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)What can the Red Sox do to solve the gaping hole at shortstop this off season? Is Jed Lowrie really the solution?
(mattymatty from Philly)
Call the Brewers. What's the point of having muscle in terms of cash and talent if you can't go out and get the best available option? (Christina Kahrl)
2009-08-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)any news on Jed Lowrie?....you say "wrist injuries linger" is this directly related or something else in the kinetic chain?
(fieldofdreams from Chapel Hill, NC)
No, it's just about healing. It's a complex structure with poor blood flow. (Will Carroll)
2009-05-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any news on Jed Lowrie's wrist?
(Bits_of_Real_Panther from Portland OR)
Gonna be a while before we get anything on that one. He's only a couple weeks post surgery. I'll assume he's on schedule. Next milestone will be some kind of baseball activities. (Will Carroll)
2009-04-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)"It takes me awhile to get worried about teams unless people are getting hurt a lot." I assume this was an attempt at humor.
(mattymatty from Philly)
Who is hurt of serious consequence? Mr. Regression himself, who just went on the DL, or Jed Lowrie, who's wrist has very little to do with his complete lack of strike zone recognition? The Sox are pretty deep at starter, and as much as I don't like seeing Nick Green out there, he's one guy. (Marc Normandin)
2009-03-10 14:30:00 (link to chat)How do you see the Julio Lugo/Jed Lowrie situation shaking out at SS? Is there really anybody who'd take on Lugo's deal at this point?
(Joe from Boston)
Hard to see the Yankees and Sox doing a deal, but they could have Lugo play third for two months and then he'd be a pretty good UT afterwards. There's no argument for playing Lugo over Lowrie. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-01-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Also, how valuable of an offensive SS do you think Jed Lowrie will be over the next few years? Looks like at the very least he's patient. Do you think Wilson Betemit might be a surprising offensive contributor this year (esp. with SS eligibility)? Thanks!
(Dennis from Monterey Park, CA)
I'm not a fan. He was over his head last year, and easily overmatched. We'll see how good he is in 2009 though. (Marc Normandin)
2008-09-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)Love your work and thanks for taking the time to chat Bro. My question is about Mat Gamel, I know in your last chat you said he was very unlikely to stick at 3b and even compared him to the Ryan Braun disaster in the big leagues. I look at his stats at AA and I say that if someone starts 27 double plays it is almost IMPOSSIBLE for them not to have some skill over there. Knda like someone stealing 40 nases without them having some speed. I think minor league fielding stats are more reliable than scouting reports in evaluating minor leaguers. They tell you facts where the reports are sometimes all over the place... Jed Lowrie ring a bell? Any scouts appologize to you for misleading you and, us, about him?
(Casejud from Bothell, Wa)
Sweet! I get to start off totally cranky! Number one: You think fielding stats are more reliable than scouting reports and that's dead wrong. Basic fielding stats are a horrible way to evaluate a defender at any level. Number two: You want to talk about how great fielding stats are in support of Mat Gamel? Did you notice the fact that the guy has made 119 errors in the past three years? ONE HUNDRED AND NINETEEN. Number three: I was not misled, nor did I mislead anyone on Lowrie. I don't remember exactly what I wrote coming into the season (and I ranked him HIGHLY, mind you), but it was something to the effect of him being a fundamentally sound defender who makes the play on every ball he gets to, yet he's not especially rangy. I haven't seen anything to change my mind about that, and I certainly never criticized his offense. Next! (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-09-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)With Gordon at 3B (albeit with a bad hip) and a glut of guys, including Butler, that can only play 1b, do you think the Royals may move Moustakas back to SS?
(Kiley from Newark)
No. If you saw him this year, you'd understand. He's just not athletic enough -- I'm sure that statement will get the Jed Lowrie fan club to write you and let you know it's ok -- but he's not good there. I think outfield might work out better for him, especially right, because he's gotta a helluva arm. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-05-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Why am I falling under the radar for a top 5 pick? I hit for average and power, will most likely stick at short, and destroyed the Cape Cod League last year. Someone is going to get a steal with me, no?
(Gordon Beckham from Athens, Georgia)
key phrase -- "most likely will stick at short". That's really the most optimistic thing there is. There's a lot of funk to what he does, he's not especially fluid. I think he's kinda like Khalil Greene offensively, and Jed Lowrie defensively. Is that a top five pick for you? (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-04-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Kevin, a few questions about Phillies prospects. Jason Donald was hitting well in Reading before hurting his hand, are scouts starting to come around on him or is he still a utility guy? Also, what do you make of Greg Golson's fast start? Just a 3 week flash in the pan, or is he turning it around? He's posting the highest walk rate of his career right now...
(JM from DC)
I actually like Donald quite a bit offensively, but defensively, he's got a little Jed Lowrie in him where he's playing there, and he's holding his own, but it's not really what you want there glove wise. Golson is a total tool shed, and what he's doing right now is one of the top things to keep your eye in early in the season. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-02-07 14:00:00 (link to chat)Not a lot of news from the RedSox camp. It seems they are basically standing pat going into the '08 season. Apparently Theo is comfortable with the position players he has? Does he has something up his sleeve this spring? What are your thoughts about the recent aquisition of Sean Casey and is he a good fit? I am also curious about their situation at SS and their highly touted prospect Jed Lowrie? Is Lugo on the bubble?
(mwanders from Moscow, ID)
Casey isn't as bad an idea as I thought it was at first glance. He's a lousy regular, of course. His skill set--line drives--makes him a fairly good PH option against righties, and he can play first, with Youkilis moving to third, 20 times a year so Lowell gets a breather.

For whatever it's worth, people genuinely love the guy. Then again, Luis Gonzalez had that rep two years ago, too.

The Red Sox are making their changes from within...Buchholz, Ellsbury, eventually Lowrie, Masterson, Anderson...just a terrific organization right now. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-01-29 16:00:00 (link to chat)how good can Jed Lowrie be offensively? any comparisons?
(Randall from Boston)
This probably doesn't work on a scouting level, but on a pure statistical basis he reminds me a lot of Dustin Pedroia - great college career, lots of walks and extra-base hits in the minors despite not a lot of home runs. Pedroia hit .293/.385/.452 between AA and AAA in 2005; Lowrie hit .298/.393/.503 between AA and AAA last year, but was about 18 months older.

Like Pedroia, I think Lowrie's going to be stretched to play shortstop, but could be an above-average second baseman for a long time. (Rany Jazayerli)
2008-01-25 13:30:00 (link to chat)How stretched would Jed Lowrie be at SS for the Sox?
(Tim from DC)
Not having read much about him or seen him play I can only offer that in 2007 I had him at -2 during his time in the Eastern League and +6 when he moved to Pawtucket.

He's really been all over the board with a +3 in 2005 and -5 in 2006 at shortstop.

But this does bring up an interesting question and topic for future research. With SFR numbers for minor leaguers we can now try and create translations (like Clay does) for positions as players move between levels. (Dan Fox)


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