HOUSTON - JUNE 22: Jed Lowrie #4 of the Houston Astros throws to first against the Cleveland Indians at Minute Maid Park on June 22, 2012 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe believes the Detroit Tigers are a team to watch in pursuit of Houston Astros shortstop Jed Lowrie. Cafardo wouldn’t be shocked if Lowrie is also on the Philadelphia Phillies radar. Beyond Lowrie, the Astros have several trade candidates, including Brett Myers, Wandy Rodriguez, Brandon Lyon and Carlos Lee.
Cafardo notes that the Tigers are in need of both an additional bat and a second baseman. While Lowrie is currently the Astros starting shortstop, Cafardo believes Detroit would shift the 28-year-old to second, a position he has manned 34 times over his five seasons in the majors.
On the year, Detroit second basemen have combined to hit at a clip of only .201/.274/.268. Lowrie has posted a line of .267/.357/.496 with more home runs (13) than Tigers second basemen have extra-base hits (11).
Cafardo believes the Phillies could also potentially be interested in Lowrie. Philadelphia lost infielder Freddy Galvis to injury and a 50-game PED suspension, and second baseman Chase Utley has yet to make his season debut for the Phillies.