Mets sign veteran infielder Jed Lowrie to two-year deal, report says
The aggressive Mets have added a veteran infielder to the mix
The New York Mets have reportedly agreed to terms with free-agent infielder Jed Lowrie on a two-year contract worth $20 million. ESPN's Jeff Passan was first to report the deal.
Lowrie, who turns 35 in April, is coming off an All-Star 2018 season in which he batted .267/.353/.448 for the Athletics with a career-high 23 home runs in 157 games. For his career, Lowrie owns anof 105 and a WAR of 17.6 across parts of 11 big-league seasons. He's produced at a higher level over the last two seasons in Oakland.
Lowrie has been a primary second baseman in recent years, but he has experience at short, third, and first. Given that Robinson Cano is now entrenched at second for the Mets, Lowrie's likely to slot in as a heavily used utility infielder at a number of positions. He's a switch-hitter with fairly balanced splits for his career, so he can spell hitters of either handedness. Right now, the Mets have Todd Frazier at third, Amed Rosario at short, and an uncertain arrangement at first base. Lowrie figures to see action at all three of those positions (especially first if neither Peter Alonso nor Dominic Smith locks down the job). Whatever the specifics, expect Lowrie to be in the Mets' lineup often.
The Lowrie signing continues what's been an active offseason for first-year GM and former player agent Brodie Van Wagenen. Already he's traded for Cano and Edwin Diaz and signed Wilson Ramos, Jeurys Familia, Luis Avilan, and now Lowrie. That's to say nothing of lesser moves to fortify the bench and back of the bullpen.
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