The New York Mets and free agent infielder Jed Lowrie have reportedly agreed to a two year, $20 million contract, per multiple folks on Twitter.
Lowrie, 35, is coming off his two best seasons, as he put up a .272/.356/.448 in 2017-18 as the Oakland A’s regular second baseman. The move to join the Mets is curious, however, as the Mets have traded for Robinson Cano, have Todd Frazier at third base, have Jeff McNeil who is a 2B/3B, and Peter Alonso knocking at the door at first base. The Mets could put Cano at 1B, put Lowrie at 2B, put Frazier at 3B, and have McNeil in the dreaded “super-utility” role, with Alonso at AAA. Alternatively, the Mets could shop Frazier, who is owed $9 million for 2019 but slashed just .213/.303/.390 last year, opening up third base for Lowrie or McNeil.
Oh, and if they shop Frazier, we could speculate about the Rangers possibly pursuing him, since the Rangers don’t really have a third baseman right now.
With Brian Dozier, who agreed to a 1 year, $9 million deal with the Washington Nationals, also off the board, that leaves D.J. Lemahieu as the last top-tier free agent second baseman standing right now.