Trade #3 Tigers Deal Mark Lowe for Bench Upgrade
Trade Partner: Oakland Athletics
Potential Trade: Detroit Tigers Trade Mark Lowe and Andrew Romine for Jed Lowrie
Incoming Salary: $6.5 million
Outgoing Salary: $6.7 million* (MLBTradeRumors projects that Romine will earn $1.2 million through arbitration)
Oakland could look to bolster the team’s bullpen with Lowe, while moving on from Lowrie.
Despite Lowe’s struggles in Detroit last season, he does own a 2.65 career ERA pitching in Oakland’s home stadium.
After giving up far too many long balls in the Motor City, the reliever could find success in the Athletics’ spacious ballpark.
Lowrie entered 2016 as one of the veteran presences on the team, but only played in 87 games as his season was cut short by injury.
The infielder turned in a respectable .263 batting average and a .314 on-base percentage, but his wRC+ (77) and ISO (.059) represented career-low numbers.
Able to play third base, shortstop and second base, Lowrie’s contract expires after the 2017 campaign.
Lowrie is blocked at third base by Ryon Healy (134 wRC+, .364 wOBA), who enjoyed a fine rookie campaign. Elsewhere, Marcus Semien is locked in at shortstop, while elite infield middle-infield prospect Franklin Barreto could make his Major League debut next year.
While the former Astro would enter similarly crowded infield in Detroit, he could make an impact as a super-sub. At his best, Lowrie is a plus contributor at the plate. That upside could come in handy as an insurance policy in the event that Ian Kinsler is dealt.