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The New York Mets signed infielder Jed Lowrie to a two-year contract as they continue to shape their roster.

The New York Mets have added another infielder to the roster. Jeff Passan of ESPN reports that the team has signed Jed Lowrie, most recently with the Oakland Athletics, to a two-year contract.

Lowrie, who has also spent time with the Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros, is coming off of a very productive season. He made his first All-Star team while slashing .267/.353/.448 with career-highs in home runs (23) and RBI (99). Passan adds that the deal is worth at least $20 million.


The 34-year-old has a career slash of .262/.335/.414, although his on-base percentage has topped .350 each of the last two seasons. He has played all four infield positions, although he has only appeared in 11 games at first base.

It was well known that the team had been targeting another infielder, as there had been reports that they were considering re-signing Asdrubal Cabrera. They were also interested in Brian Dozier until he signed with the Nationals.

Lowrie is a solid player with a lot of defensive versatility. Two-years for $20 million is a good rate for what he can do despite his advanced age. However, there are some questions as to where he will play.

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Amed Rosario and Robinson Cano are both locked in as starters, and Peter Alonso will be given every opportunity to win the job at first base this spring. Jeff McNeil looked like a starting caliber player once he was called up, and Todd Frazier figures to factor into the infield rotation as well.

However, as the team has discovered in recent years, having depth is never a bad thing over a 162 games season. It’s possible that one of McNeil or even Rosario could see some run in the outfield. Playing time will be an issue for Mickey Callaway to figure out.

Lowrie isn’t a perfect fit, but he’s a solid addition who can contribute, even if it takes a little creativity from Callaway.

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