A Lowrie to Lawrie Double Play Combo

Thursday, November 26 2015 @ 10:14 AM EST

Contributed by: Thomas

New thread time.

The Oakland Aís traded for Jed Lowrie, just 11 months after he signed a 3-year contract with the Houston Astros, and he may become the teamís new shortstop given Marcus Semienís defensive problems last year.

Bud Black, who has connections to Mark Shapiro dating back to his days in Cleveland, was floated by some as a possible replacement for John Gibbons if he wasnít kept for the 2016 season. He still may be a name to keep an eye on if Gibbonsí tenure with Toronto ends after the 2016 season, but meanwhile heís landed a front office job with the Angels.

Several names bandied about as possible cheap arms that could help the bullpen were dealt in recent days, as Allen Webster was dealt to the Pirates and the Cubs acquired Rex Brothers.