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Jed Lowrie rumors: Astros interested in a reunion with the free agent SS

Does Jed Lowrie make sense for the Astros?

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Our first rumor of the 2014 Winter Meetings has arrived. Brian McTaggart is reporting the Astros have been pursuing free agent shortstop Jed Lowrie.

If you remember, the Astros previously employed Lowrie before trading him to Oakland for Chris Carter, Brad Peacock and Max Stassi. If they sign Lowrie back, all four of those players could be on the same team at the same time next season (assuming Peacock can pitch in 2015).

But, this also comes after Lowrie got into a high-profile dustup with the Astros during the 2014 season. There was yelling, pointing and an angry Bo Porter going after him.

What does Lowrie bring now?

Well, the sorta shortstop hit .249/.321/.355 last season for the A's with solid defensive numbers and a 93 wRC+ in 136 games. Lowrie played most of those games at shortstop, too, but had -10 Defensive Runs Saved. UZR liked him better, but the general consensus is that his defense has foundered a bit.

The biggest concern with Lowrie is durability. Before being traded to Oakland, Lowrie had never played 100 games in the majors in a single season. He managed 290 games in two seasons with the A's.

Lowrie could be used as a stopgap shortstop for Houston while Carlos Correa plays himself into the majors. He'd also bring a little lineup balance, as he only struck out 14 percent of the time in each of the past two seasons.

FanGraphs' crowd-sourced projections have Lowrie receiving around a three-year, $30 million deal. Would you like to bring back the infielder on that kind of deal, which would cover his Age 31-33 seasons?