Athletics

MLB rumors: A's interested in acquiring Jed Lowrie for third time

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A's general manager David Forst made it clear the organization is looking for a left-handed bat at the second base position following the Jurickson Profar trade to the San Diego Padres.

That could mean a reunion.

The San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser reported the A's have "had internal conversations about bringing back" Jed Lowrie via trade. But there are 10 million reasons the New York Mets wouldn't go through with that transaction.

The Mets would have to eat a big chunk of the $10 million salary the 35-year-old is owed this coming season. 

Switch-hitting Lowrie had two stints with the A's totaling five seasons in which he earned an All-Star selection in 2018 when he slashed .267/.353/.448 line with 23 home runs and 99 RBI. He also was in MVP talks during that season.

He was signed by the Mets as a free agent last offseason, but played in only nine games as he dealt with a series of leg injuries over the course of the 2019 season.

Having him back in green and gold would prove not only beneficial for the A's, but could give a clearer sense of what the Mets would do with a somewhat crowded infield. Robinson Cano could be the everyday second baseman if the team doesn't opt for the veteran to take on a lesser role, and Jeff McNeil and J.D. Davis both appear to be headed toward a timeshare at third base.

 

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Jorge Mateo and Franklin Barreto are the current A's at the second base options along with Sheldon Neuse who saw time there a bit last season. Lowrie would help make the starting decision easier, and he probably would want a season of redemption after sitting on the sidelines.