Astros interested in Lowrie

The Astros are pursuing a potential reunion with free agent shortstop Jed Lowrie, according to MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart.

Lowrie spent just one season with the Astros before being dealt to the A’s prior to the 2013 season. He managed to stay mostly healthy while playing a significant role for the A’s, racking up a .271/.334/.405 batting line and averaging 145 games played over the last two seasons.

Lowrie’s power numbers dipped a bit this past season when he hit just six home runs, but he’s proven to have some pop in his bat in the past. He hit 15 home runs in 2013 and a career-best 16 homers over just 97 games with the Astros in that 2012 campaign.

He could also seemingly fill a need for the Astros at either shortstop or third base over the course of a potential multi-year deal.

— Paul Casella

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