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Rumor Central: A's to pick up option on Jed Lowrie?

It was more than a mild surprise when the July 31 trade deadline came and went with Jed Lowrie in the same uniform. Now it appears the veteran infielder could be remaining with the Oakland Athletics even longer.

The A’s were expected to deal Lowrie to make room in the infield for Franklin Barreto. That never materialized, and Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports it is “increasingly apparent” the club will exercise Lowrie’s $6 million option for next season.

Slusser says Oakland has not given up on Barreto but feels the 21-year-old “wouldn’t be hurt” by more time at Triple-A Nashville and would like to see him “force his way” onto the major-league roster.

Barreto had a brief stint with the A’s earlier this season and is hitting .280/.324/.442 at Nashville.

The 33-year-old Lowrie, whose current contract also includes a $1 million buyout for 2018, is enjoying one of the best seasons of his career with a .270/.344/.442 slash line and 14 homers. If Lowrie remains with the A’s, he could very well emerge as trade fodder next summer as well.

- Doug Mittler

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