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Astros send Jed Lowrie to A's, per reports

The Houston Astros have reportedly traded Jed Lowrie to the Oakland A's

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The Houston Astros have sent infielder Jed Lowrie to the Oakland A's, according to Jane Lee.

This is kind of a weird deal, because the Astros traded Lowrie to Oakland prior to the 2013 season in a deal that brought Chris Carter, Brad Peacock and Max Stassi to Houston.  Lowrie then signed a 3 year, $23 million deal as a free agent prior to the 2015 season to return to Houston...and now, the Astros have apparently sent him back to Oakland.

Lowrie was primarily a shortstop when he was in Oakland before, and played some shortstop in Houston, although with the arrival of Carlos Correa in the major leagues, Lowrie was no longer a fit there, and instead got the bulk of his playing time at third base.  The A's currently have Brett Lawrie at third base and Marcus Semien at shortstop, so it may be that Oakland will be looking at Lowrie as a second baseman.

No word yet on what the return to Houston for Lowrie will be.

UPDATE -- And according to Jon Heyman on Twitter, the Astros have also sent L.J. Hoes to Baltimore.  It appears to be a busy Thanksgiving Eve for the Astros.

UPDATE II -- Hoes to Baltimore is reportedly for "cash considerations."

UPDATE III -- 23 year old minor league righty reliever Brendan McCurry goes to Houston from Oakland for Lowrie.