Athletics

Athletics

Jed Lowrie's age-34 season couldn't have gone much better in 2018 and the A's reportedly want to reward him for that in free agency. 

The A's want to bring back the second baseman and expect to make him an offer, according to Ken Rosenthal. In his 11th season in the bigs the veteran had a breakout year. 

Lowrie made his first All-Star Game this past season after batting .285 with 16 home runs in the first half. His numbers dropped in the second half -- .239, seven home runs -- but Lowrie continued to be a mainstay in the A's lineup throughout the season. 

Even at 34 years old nearly the entire season, Lowrie played a career-high 157 games in 2018. He finished the year slashing .267/.353/.448 and hit a career-high 23 home runs. 

Don't start thinking his age has slowed him down on defense, either. Lowrie, along with the rest of the A's infield, is an AL Gold Glove finalist at second base. If he wins, it would be the first of his career. 

In his second stint with the A's, Lowrie has hit .270 with a .767 OPS and 39 home runs the past three seasons.