NEW YORK (AP) Free agent infielder Jed Lowrie and the New York Mets have finalized a $20 million, two-year contract.
A switch-hitter who turns 35 in April, Lowrie and is coming off his first All-Star season.
”We are really fortunate and thrilled that Jed bought what we were selling,” new Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said Wednesday.
Lowrie played mostly second base for the Oakland Athletics during the past three seasons. Van Wagenen says he will play second, shortstop and third for the Mets, who acquired All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano from Seattle last month
”He’s going to be in our lineup virtually every day,” Van Wagenen said.
Lowrie is the fifth All-Star added by the Mets this offseason, following Cano, closer Edwin Diaz, catcher Wilson Ramos and reliever Jeurys Familia, traded to Oakland last summer and then re-signed by New York as a free agent.
Like Cano, he used to be represented by Van Wagenen, co-head of CAA Baseball before he became New York’s general manager in October. Like Van Wagenen, Lowrie played baseball at Stanford.
A veteran of 11 major league seasons, Lowrie set career highs with 23 homers and 99 RBIs last year and hit .267. He also has played for Boston and Houston, and he has a .262 career big league average with 104 homers and 509 RBIs.
He struck out a career-worst 128 times last year, up from 100 in 2017 and 65 in 2016, when he was limited to 87 games because of a bruised right shin and a bunion on his left foot that needed surgery.
Lowrie completed a contract that paid $28 million over four seasons.
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