As a baseball fan, it’s odd to see the Met’s making continuously smart decisions. People had become accustomed to the head-scratching moves that previous Mets front office members swung. But, it’s 2018, and new Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen has decided to buck the trend.
Yesterday, the Mets continued to make good deals by signing second baseman Jed Lowrie to a 2 year, $20 million contract.
Lowrie, 34, is fresh off the best season of his career, earning his first ever all star appearance and batting .267 with 23 home runs and 99 RBI’s, all while sporting a tasty .801 OPS.
Although Lowrie has played second almost exclusively over the past three years, he can realistically play anywhere in the infield. He came up as a shortstop for the Red Sox, played third base for the Astros, and eventually moved over to second full time.
While he is walking into a situation where he doesn’t have a clearly defined position (Cano, Frazier, JD Davis, Amed Rosario, and Jeff McNeil are all battling for playing time) Lowrie’s bat will get him consistent AB’s in Flushing.
As I was just saying, the Mets overloading on infielders is another example of their forward thinking. Over the past two years, the Mets’ season has been derailed by everyone and their mother on the roster dying, and not having viable replacements. Brodie has seen this and said “No more, get me ALL the infielders!”. It’s a good idea, and, like i said before, it feels genuinely uncomfortable saying that about Mets offseason acquisitions.
If the Mets can use Lowrie properly and have success, this could be look back on as one of the biggest steals of this offseason.
I like it, Mets. I like it alot.
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