Billy Beane’s revolving door continues to spin.
This time, it’s a blockbuster trade involving five players that will send first baseman Chris Carter, pitcher Brad Peacock, and catcher Max Stassi to the Astros in exchange for shortstop Jed Lowrie and reliever Fernando Rodriguez.
Lowrie hit .244 with 16 home runs and 42 RBI in 2012 for the Astros, spending time on the disabled list with a sprained right thumb and ankle. He is stellar defensively, as he led the National League with a fielding percentage of .980.
He spent 2008-2011 with the Red Sox, where he was used mostly as a utility player.
The A’s also acquired Rodriguez, who went 2-10 with a 5.37 ERA, 78 strikeouts and 34 walks in 70.3 innings in 2012.