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

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

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.

MLB rumors: Hensley Meulens joins Mets staff after decade with Giants

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MLB rumors: Hensley Meulens joins Mets staff after decade with Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- Two years after he was a finalist to be the Yankees manager, Hensley Meulens is headed to New York. 

Meulens, a longtime member of Bruce Bochy's staff, will be the bench coach for new Mets manager Carlos Beltran, according to multiple reports, including Jennifer Mercedes of La Vida Baseball. Meulens had interviewed last month to be Giants manager but he was not going to be on Gabe Kapler's staff. 

Meulens, 52, joined the Giants as hitting coach in 2010 and spent the last two seasons as their bench coach. The Giants moved him to that position in part to give him a better shot of getting managerial gigs, but Meulens is still waiting for the call he has long dreamt of. Taking the Mets job should help Meulens, who has had success managing in the World Baseball Classic, accomplish his goal. 

Beltran has no experience as a manager, and should the Mets succeed, Meulens should benefit from being the No. 2 man in the sport's biggest market. He also has found in recent years that it has been somewhat difficult to get interviews because most of his connections were in San Francisco, and taking a job with the Mets will widen that circle. 

Meulens and Ron Wotus were the two internal candidates to interview for the job that ultimately went to Kapler.

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Wotus also interviewed to be the bench coach for the Mets, but he pulled out of the running when it became apparent he could stay in San Francisco and be on Kapler's staff. Meulens was thought to be headed to the Marlins, but he withdrew from that opportunity around the time the Giants hired Kapler. 

Meulens is the third member of Bochy's staff to find a new job elsewhere. Former bullpen coach Matt Herges will be pitching coach for the Diamondbacks and former hitting coach Alonzo Powell took a job with a team in Japan. 

Ron Wotus reveals he was pursued by Mets, Cubs before Giants return

Ron Wotus reveals he was pursued by Mets, Cubs before Giants return

Ron Wotus has been on the Giants coaching staff since 1998, so calling the city of San Francisco home is an understatement.

The team's third-base coach was brought back to the staff and will stay in his current role under new manager Gabe Kapler. He talked to NBC Sports Bay Area's Kelli Johnson and Pat Burrell following Kapler's introductory press conference and said he'd received other offers before accepting with the Giants.

"The Cubs reached out to me for a bench coach position earlier in the process, then the Mets -- I went and interviewed with them," Wotus said in the interview.

Wotus said he was supposed to meet back up with the Mets organization this upcoming weekend. He even was told coaching in Chicago or in New York would have been better for his career.

The 58-year-old also wanted to see what was out there in regard to other coaching opportunities, but more than anything he wanted to stay put.

"This is where I want to be," Wotus added. 

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After 33 years in the organization, Wotus is eager to work with a new manager and offered up any help Kapler might need. 

"It'll be an adjustment -- and I think in a lot of ways change can be good sometimes."