Re: A's acquire Jed Lowrie from Astros
It isn't about improving this year that much. It's more about laying a foundation, allowing the youth to mature and not being historically horrible. This is Houston's projected rotation...
Justin Maxwell is 29, has never been a starter and has 534 AB's in the major leagues. He's the projected starting CF. Fernando Martinez is mildly interesting in RF, JD Martinez is not in LF.
This team is a major league mess, and with three signings I would improve 2/5's of the rotation and CF. I'd move Ankiel to RF, F Martinez to LF and drop kick JD Martinez off the roster.
Oh, I'd also likely go get Jon Rauch and Todd Coffey. Rodriguez as your main setup man? blech.
"don't end up with a grandson with a dog collar."