Former Red Sox infielder Jed Lowrie today signed a three-year, $23 million contract with the Houston Astros. The 30-year old Lowrie spent his first four seasons in Boston, where he hit .252. Ironically, he was traded to the Astros by the Red Sox in 2011 for Mark Melancon. In only 97 games for Houston in 2012, Lowrie hit just .244. The last two seasons, he was much healthier, and hit .272 for Oakland. I once had the opportunity to speak withLowrie and ask him if it was true that he hit the first home run ever at New York's Citi Field. With a smile, he corrected me on two counts: first, it was pre-season (April 4, 2009) and second, it was a grand slam. Lowrie was always an intelligent, gritty ballplayer for the Red Sox. We wish him all the best.