The first inter-division trade from the newest member of the American League West occurred today, when the Houston Astros shipped former Red Sox star prospect Jed Lowrie to the Oakland Atheltics in exchange for some minor league talent. Lowrie is one of the more hyped Red Sox flameout prospects (think of Brandon Wood but serviceable) but with Stephen Drew leaving Oakland for free agency, getting an upside cost controlled possibility in the infield was something the A's had to do, they cannot have their whole team be wing and a prayer rookies. With Cliff Pennington traded away the Athletics needed something beyond AA minor leaguers.