There's no denying that it's been a tough season to watch for Oakland Athletics fans. The team owns the worst record in the American League (41-70) and is simply trying to rebuild for the future at this point in the year. Oakland recently went as far as designating infielder Jed Lowrie for assignment.
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Lowrie re-signed with the Athletics in the offseason after he posting a slash line of .245/.318/.398 to go along with 69 RBI in 2021. It was expected that he would act as the veteran presence in a locker room full of young players and could even be used as a trade chip if he started the season off hot.
While that first part turned out to be true, Lowrie started off the opposite of good. The 2018 All-Star slashed a dismal .180/.245/.263 across 50 games played this year and smacked only three home runs. Lowrie's marks of 14 runs scored and 16 RBI show how often he was not getting the job done.
The Athletics will now use the final few months of the season to evaluate their unproven players, such as outfielder Cal Stevenson. Stevenson was called up to take Lowrie's roster spot and was originally acquired last month as part of a deal that sent catcher Christian Bethancourt to Tampa Bay.
Stevenson is slashing .275/.387/.402 in 73 games played at the Triple-A level this season. He has also tallied 43 runs scored, 8 doubles, 5 home runs, 25 RBI and 15 stolen bases. The 2018 10th-round pick has long been praised for his careful eye at the plate, showcased by his 15.6% walk rate in 2022.
Oakland remains long shots to win the World Series with odds set at +500000, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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