Lowrie agreed to a two-year, $20 million contract with the Mets on Thursday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports. Lowrie has been rewarded after putting together a career year in 2018. The 34-year-old earned his first All-Star selection last season after slashing .267/.353/.448 line with 23 homers and 99 RBI in 157 games with the A's. It's unclear where the veteran infielder will initially slot in with his new team -- he can play second or third base -- but he figures to see a healthy dosage of plate appearances regardless of his position, and third base seems like the regular spot he'll play with Robinson Cano likely playing second.
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.