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Lowrie feels healthy, ready to contribute to A's this year

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Hitting at the Oakland Coliseum proves to be difficult for some, but Jed Lowrie thrives there. Perhaps that makes his reunion with the A's that much sweeter. Well that, and he finally feels healthier. 

He owns a .262/.335/.392 line with 352 hits and 155 RBI in 363 career games at the Coliseum across 12 seasons.

The 2018 All-Star agreed to a minor league deal with the A’s on Wednesday, bringing him back to the team for the third time of his career. 

“I’ve been saying, ‘All good stories are trilogies, right?’” Lowrie said in an interview with A’s Cast on Wednesday. 

The A's acquired Lowrie from the Houston Astros in 2013 before he re-signed with the Astros in 2014 as a free agent. Lowrie then was traded back to the A’s in 2015.

So he’s a three-peat in this case. 

Prior to his latest reunion with the A’s, Lowrie signed a two-year, $20 million deal with the New York Mets before the 2019 season, where he played in just nine games that year and did not play in 2020 at all after he was riddled with knee injuries. But he says he’s feeling healthy now. 

“Doing much better,” Lowrie said. “I got surgery in October and well down the rehab road and I think I’m in a good place going into spring training.”

Lowrie is thrilled to join a group with championship aspirations.

“Oakland feels like home,” Lowrie said. “I’m excited to join this group and do what I can to help win, I mean listen, this is a team that won the division last year, bringing back a lot of key pieces from that run. Should be a good group and I’m just overly excited to get back on the field with these guys.”

 

“This is a place that had the most success of my career,” Lowrie added.

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The 36-year-old also likes that there are a lot of familiar faces in Oakland. That wasn’t the case when he came back to the A’s from Houston in 2015. 

“That’s exciting because I remember when I signed in Houston and I got traded back a year later, there were like five guys that were the same,” Lowrie said. “There can be a fair amount of turnover in Oakland, but I think that’s not the case coming into this year. I’m coming back to almost the same situation three years later.” 

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