Ken Rosenthal is reporting on Twitter that Jeff Luhnow's first trade as Astros' GM will bring a new shortstop into the fold. According to Rosenthal, reliever Mark Melancon is being sent to Boston for infielder Jed Lowrie and starting pitcher Kyle Weiland.
Lowrie, 27, has been with the Red Sox since 2008. He has played about half of his games at shortstop, and he has played all four infield positions. Lowrie, who made $450,000 in 2011, is in his first year of arbitration eligibility.
Weiland, 25, was drafted in the third round of the 2008 draft by Boston. He made his MLB debut at Fenway Park on July 10, 2011. He made seven appearances for the Red Sox. He also made 24 starts with a 3.58 ERA at AAA Pawtucket last season. Here's what a Red Sox Prospect blog had to say about Weiland.
The Astros acquired Melancon in 2010 in the Lance Berkman trade. He led the club in saves in 2010 with 20.