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Optimistic Porter weighs in on Lowrie trade


HOUSTON -- In watching shortstop Jed Lowrie get traded to the Oakland A's on Monday, Astros manager Bo Porter lost what would have been one of his biggest offensive weapons for 2013. As difficult as that was, getting three young players -- two of which could help the club this year -- made it a deal the Astros couldn't refuse.

"At the end of the day, when you have an opportunity to make your team better, it's something you have to take advantage of," Porter said.

In exchange for Lowrie and relief pitcher Fernando Rodriguez, the Astros acquired power-hitting first baseman Chris Carter, right-handed starting pitcher Brad Peacock and Minor League catcher Max Stassi. Carter and Peacock have been added to the 40-man roster, and Stassi will be at Spring Training as a non-roster invitee.

Porter was the third-base coach of the Nationals when Peacock made his Major League debut for Washington in 2011. Peacock went 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA in 12 innings with Washington that year after going a combined 15-3 with a 2.39 ERA in 25 appearances at Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse.

"I watched this guy go through the Phillies' lineup pretty effectively when he came up in September," Porter said. "I had an opportunity to meet him that September. He's a very poised, confident pitcher, and I really think he was a good piece to get back in this trade."

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