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Rotowire: Mar 5 / 7:29a ET
News: Lowrie won't play in any Grapefruit League games until Saturday, as Astros manager A.J. Hinch wants to ease his veterans into action this spring, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Lowrie signed a three-year deal with the Astros in December to serve as the team's stopgap starter at shortstop until top prospect Carlos Correa is ready for the big leagues. Correa isn't expected to make his debut until 2016 at the earliest, so Lowrie should get plenty of playing time in 2015 assuming he's healthy. Jonathan Villar will handle the shortstop duties and bat ninth for Houston's Grapefruit League opener against Philadelphia on Thursday.
Rotowire: Dec 15 / 12:28p ET
News: Lowrie agreed to a three-year deal with the Astros on Monday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Lowrie didn't receive a qualifying offer from the Athletics earlier in the offseason and hence became a free agent. In 136 games last season, the 30-year-old hit .249/.321/.355 with six home runs, 50 RBI and 59 runs scored. He was in a highly productive A's lineup last season, however, and will now join an Astros lineup that scored 100 fewer runs than the Athletics last season.
StatsLLC: Dec 15 / 12:00a ET
News: Lowrie and the Houston Astros have agreed to a $23 million, three-year contract.
Impact: The agreement, announced Monday, includes a 2018 club option. Lowrie was acquired by the Astros from Boston for pitcher Mark Melancon in December 2011 in Jeff Luhnow's first trade as general manager and was Houston's shortstop in 2012. He was dealt to Oakland in February 2013 in that trade that brought Chris Carter to the Astros. A switch-hitter, Lowrie had 35 home runs and 155 RBIs over the last three seasons.