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Free agents Jed Lowrie, Jonathan Lucroy projected to earn different salaries

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Free agents Jed Lowrie, Jonathan Lucroy projected to earn different salaries

Despite earning similar salaries in 2018, Jed Lowrie and Jonathan Lucroy will likely sign for vastly different amounts as free agents this offseason.

Lowrie, 34, made $6 million in the final season of a 3-year, $23 million deal. Lucroy, 32, earned $6.5 million on a one-year contract.

But according to Spotrac, Lowrie's estimated market value in free agency is $12.6 million, while Lucroy's is just $2.3 million.

Spotrac calculates its market value figures by comparing a free agent to a group of similar players, based on stats, age, and contract status. Lowrie is compared to Ben Zobrist, Nelson Cruz, Kendrys Morales, and David Freese when they were similar ages. Lucroy's comparables are Kurt Suzuki, Stephen Vogt, Jose Reyes, and Chris Young.

Lowrie is coming off the best season of his career. He slashed .267/.353/.448 with 23 home runs and 99 RBI, earning a trip to his first All-Star Game. He also performed well defensively, committing just four errors the entire season.

Lucroy slashed .241/.291/.325 with four homers and 51 RBI. He had an excellent defensive season, leading MLB with 31 runners caught stealing.

If these projected market value numbers are even close to accurate, the A's would re-sign Lucroy without hesitation. He provided tremendous value beyond the stats with his ability to manage Oakland's pitching staff, keeping them on track through numerous injuries.

While the A's are high on 24-year-old catching prospect Sean Murphy, he is not yet ready to take over the reins and could benefit from a full season in Triple-A. Re-signing Lucroy for anything near $2.3 million would be a gift.

Lowrie's future becomes a little more complicated. A $12.6 million salary, while well-deserved, would be more than twice what he earned last season. With talented 22-year-old Franklin Barreto waiting in the wings and Chad Pinder also capable of playing second base, Oakland may elect to let Lowrie go for that price.

Of course, when you add Lowrie and Lucroy's estimated market values together, it's only about $2.4 million more than the duo earned in 2018, giving the A's a realistic shot to re-sign both veterans.

MLB Hot Stove: James Paxton acquired by Yankees for three prospects

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MLB Hot Stove: James Paxton acquired by Yankees for three prospects

The Hot Stove is lighting up.

The Yankees have acquired starting pitcher James Paxton from the Mariners for three prospects: Yankees No. 1 pitching prospect Justus Sheffield, outfielder Don-Thompson Williams and right-handed pitcher and Erik Swanson.

He will join a rotation that includes Luis Severino, CC Sabathia and Masahiro Tanaka. Not bad.

And what does that mean for Bay Area teams? Well -- the A's get a slight confidence boost knowing Seattle has one less threat in the American League West. Which is good considering the lefty was throwing his career-best 11.68 K/9 rating in 2018 . His ERA spiked slightly, but he had an insane amount of power he was throwing to last season. But that didn't stop him from tossing a no-hitter on May 8, becoming the first Canadian pitcher to do so.

Oh, and an eagle landed on him, too:

Pretty sure no other pitcher can say that.

Report: Pursued by A's, Kurt Suzuki agrees to contract with Nationals

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Report: Pursued by A's, Kurt Suzuki agrees to contract with Nationals

It appears the original report on former A's catcher Kurt Suzuki possibly making a return to Oakland will not come to fruition.

According to MLB.com executive reporter Mark Feinsand, the 12-year veteran catcher has agreed to a two-year contract with the Nationals.

The details of the deal, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal:

Suzuki spent two seasons with the Nats, where he slashed .239/.297/.344 with eight home runs and 50 RBI in 122 games in 2012 and 2013. He was acquired from the A's by Washington in 2012.

The San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser originally reported the 35-year-old was approached by the A's about a possible one-year deal next season after he recently was granted free agency by the Braves.