Former Agent turned GM Brodie Van Wagenen has acquired another one of his former clients Jed Lowrie. The New York Mets signed Lowrie to a 2-Year, $20 million contract bolstering down their infield depth by adding Lowrie. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports first reported the teams being close and soon after Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reported the financials.
Free agent infielder Jed Lowrie is in agreement with the New York Mets on a two-year deal, league sources tell ESPN.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 10, 2019
Lowrie’s deal with the Mets is two years and $20 million, per source.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) January 10, 2019
Last season, Lowrie was a silent, but vital piece to the Athletics success in the 2018 regular season. The Athletics had a huge season and had a lot of success courtesy of Lowrie and others. During the 2018 regular season, Lowrie held a .267/.353/.448 slash with 23 home runs and 99 RBI’s for the Athletics. This move provides more depth for the already stacked infield featuring Amed Rosario at shortstop, Todd Frazier at third base, newly acquired Robinson Cano at second base, and Jeff McNeil at first base. Lowrie will provide much-needed flexibility at multiple positions.
Lowrie’s AAV of $1o million is higher than all other second baseman and infielders who have signed besides Josh Donaldson and Daniel Murphy. It seems that this move is another move by Van Wagenen to show that he is willing to spend money and compete in his first year of leadership at the helm of the Mets organization.