Jed Lowrie gets $23M guaranteed

The Houston Astros have reached agreement on a three-year contract with infielder Jed Lowrie, general manager Jeff Luhnow announced Monday. Lowrie will receive a guaranteed $23 million, according to a source.

Lowrie, 30, is a .261 hitter over seven major league seasons with Boston, Houston and Oakland. He hit .244 with 16 homers during a previous stint with the Astros in 2012.

Lowrie, who makes his offseason home in Houston, is expected to play shortstop for the Astros. Houston had also expressed interest in free agents Stephen Drew and Asdrubal Cabrera before signing Lowrie.

Lowrie enjoyed a career season in 2013 with the A's, setting career bests in batting average (.290) and RBIs (75) and also finishing with 15 home runs. Oakland acquired him from the Astros in a five-player trade before that season.

He was paid $5.25 million last season.