Before signing Nakajima, the A's had talks with Houston about former Stanford infielder Jed Lowrie, but the Astros’ asking price for the shortstop was too high.
The Astros were interested in first baseman and designated hitter Chris Carter as well as one of the A’s young starting pitchers, according to Slusser.
After checking in on Lowrie, the A’s decided to sign international free agent and shortstop Hiro Nakajima. Slusser notes that Oakland could eventually revisit Lowrie if there is an injury or should they need help elsewhere in the infield.
The Astros acquired Lowrie last offseason from the Boston Red Sox along with Kyle Weiland in the Mark Melancon trade. The shortstop got off to a hot start in 2012, but he dealt with injuries throughout the season and ended the year hitting .244/.331/.438 with 18 doubles and 16 home runs.