Lowrie did not receive a $17.9 million qualifying offer from the A's before Friday's deadline, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports. Lowrie enjoyed a career year in 2018, hitting .267/.353/.448 with a career-high 23 homers and 99 RBI in 157 games, but the A's weren't willing to pay him $18 million heading into his age-35 season. He'll now hit the open market after earning his first career All-Star selection.
Lowrie went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and two RBI against the Angels on Saturday. Lowrie drove in his first run of the game with a sacrifice fly in the third inning but followed that up with a solo home run in the sixth inning. It was his 23rd home run of the season -- only his seventh since the All-Star break -- eclipsing his previous career best by seven. He's also now just one RBI shy of posting the first 100-RBI season of his career.
Lowrie went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Monday against the Mariners. Lowrie took James Paxton deep in the fourth inning to record his 22nd home run of the season. It was his first home run since Aug. 27, but he has still managed to drive in 11 runs and scored 15 times in the final month of the season. He's had an explosive offensive season overall, posting career-best marks in both homers and RBI (95).
Lowrie is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Twins, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Lowrie heads to the bench after starting the last 11 games and slashed .179/.304/.205 over 39 at-bats in that stretch. Chad Pinder starts at second base and will bat eighth in the series finale Sunday.
Lowrie went 0-for-2 with three walks and two runs in a loss to the Angels on Tuesday. Lowrie has had a tough month at the plate overall, generating just one extra-base hit (a double) while going 9-for-50. However, his walk rate has remained robust, as the 11 free passes he's drawn have helped his September on-base percentage reach a respectable .328 despite his struggles. While his season average has taken an eight-point tumble as a result of his slump, Lowrie retains an outside chance of reaching the 100-RBI mark for the first time in his long career if he can drive in nine more runs over the Athletics' 11 remaining games.