Oct 8, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Oakland Athletics shortstop Jed Lowrie (8) hits a two-run home run against the Detroit Tigers during the fifth inning in game four of the American League divisional series playoff baseball game at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

What About Jed Lowrie?


It’s the hot stove season and  fans have been clamoring for a move. Whether it be a corner outfielder or dealing Ike Davis/Lucas Duda, fans want to see a move done by General Manager Sandy Alderson & Co, and rightfully so. This team has more than a few holes, with corner outfield spots and a reliable shortstop being the biggest concerns.

Shortstop Jhonny Peralta has been discussed and would be a solid acquisition. Peralta has been  good bat for both the Cleveland Indians and the Detroit Tigers during his career. Coming off of a season where he was implicated in the Biogenesis scandal, Peralta has been rumored to be seeking a three-year deal worth about 45 million dollars, as noted in a previous Rising Apple Article.

Oct 15, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta (27) doubles against the Boston Red Sox during the fifth inning in game three of the American League Championship Series baseball game at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

While he has given teams a strong bat and an average glove, that price for 32-year -old might not be the best decision. With his range continuing to diminish at short, this might not be the best fit for the Mets. While I think Peralta would be a good pickup, at that price it might not be in the best interest for the Mets.

If the Mets decide not to go after Peralta, that still leaves a hole a shortstop. Ruben Tejada is coming off of a broken leg, and the Mets are not high on him to begin with. Stephen Drew has been thrown around, and would also be a good move, but Alderson may be wary of him if signs a player like Curtis Granderson who received a qualify offer from the Yankees, as Drew did from the Red Sox-meaning the Mets would forfeit both their second and third round draft picks in the 2014 Draft.

There have been a plethora of trade ideas been thrown around, mostly surrounding either Davis and Duda. If a free agent shortstop isn’t signed by the Mets, or Drew and Peralta decide to go elsewhere, the team needs to look into the trade market. Out in the land of “Moneyball” in Oakland, there is shortstop Jed Lowrie who could be a good fit for the club.

Lowrie came up with the Red Sox in 2008, batting .258 in 81 games to go along with a .339 OBP. While Lowrie showed promise in his first year in the bigs, Lowrie had trouble staying on the field, and never played 100 games in a season up through 2012.With the Houston Astros in 2012, Lowrie displayed a little bit of his power at Minute Maid Park, as he cranked 16 homers and hit 18 doubles in his 97 games played.

The oft-injured Lowrie was shipped to the A’s prior to the 2013 season in package deal with Fernando Rodriguez. Although he had trouble staying on the field and playing consistently when he was on the field, the Salem, OR., native put together a strong season for Oakland. He had a line of .290/.344/.446, excellent numbers at the shortstop position.

While playing in the large expanses of the O.Co Colosseum, Lowrie still showed solid pop, hitting 15 homers, driving in 75 runs and totaling an impressive 45 doubles. The injury bug did not come to bite Lowrie in 2013, as he played in 154 games during the season and played in all five games of the ALDS against the Tigers. He posted a 2.3 WAR in 2013, pretty consistent with his 2.2 WAR.

While his bat is strong, his glove has either been average or below average, similar to Peralta. At shortstop this past season, Lowrie had a -6.8 UZR and also was in the negative in defensive runs saved, posting a -18 in 119 games at shortstop. In 24 games at the second base position Lowrie was a little better, having a -0.8 UZR with -2 defensive runs saved. While his glove was not top-notch, he was one of the reasons Oakland claimed its second-straight AL West title.

The A’s are noted for unloading some of their better players to get strong prospects in return, and Lowrie could fit this bill with one year left on his contract. While the Mets have the young guns in the farm system to deal, I’d be wary on dealing a top pitching prospect for Lowrie. If the Mets can work a deal where Duda or Davis can be shipped for Lowrie, I would be for it. It’s a tough call because Lowrie has not been someone consistently on the field, something the Mets know all too well about. With one year left on his deal, he might not be even someone the Mets could keep long-term. In the end, the priority should be to acquire a free agent shortstop, but if that does not work out, a guy like Lowrie can bring something to the table from the trade market.

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  • Herb G

    Peralta is not worth 3/$45 and if that is what he greedily demands, Sandy should walk away. Lowrie is Peralta Light and would be a fine alternative, but you aren’t getting him for Ike or Lucas. The A’s already have a Davis/Duda lookalike in Brandon Moss (LH hitting, low avg, all pop) so why bring in another. No, you’ll need to part with prospects, arms among them, to land Lowrie. I don’t lik the fact that he is gone after only 1 year unles they extend him. Besdes, Mr. Moneyball said he’s not trading Lowrie. (Not that you can believe anything a GM says.)
    I thik Erick Aybar would be a better target. Good glove, better than average bat, speed, and under team contol for 3 years at a reasonable 8.5 milion per. He would take us right to the time when Cecchini or Rosario might be ready to take over.

    • chums41

      Hello Herb, I agree with you on the hitting component, however Davis is a natural first baseman and a superior fielder to Moss. If Oakland were willing to acceot a package that included Davis, they could move Moss to OF, which is his natural position to replace Cespedes. Having said that. we would probably need to include Montero and Murphy or D’Arnaud

    • Herb G

      Hi Chums. You’re kidding, right? First off, I didn’t ask for Cespedes along with Lowrie, but I guess I’d take him if Oakland offerred him and the package they asked for was OK. Frankly, after his down sophomore year, despite his 26 HRs, I am wary of his worth.
      If I was dealing for Lowrie and Cespedes, however, the package you suggest is overkill. I’m not including Ike, Murphy and Montero in a package for anyone short of Giancarlo. I want to see Montero on the mound in Citifield next July. I would do Duda, Murphy and deGrom, but I’m not sure they’d prefer Murphy over Sogard at second base.

    • chums41

      I know you didn’t ask for Cespedes, but I wouldn’t be scared off by a bad soph year, that’s a famous down-year for many athletes. I’d rather have him than a fading/overpriced Granderson. Regarding the package, I’m sure you’re “overkill” comment is correct, but I think Davis needs a change of scenery and I would use him in any package

  • chums41

    I like Lowrie, he’s a gritty guy, an attribute that is present on all winning teams. I would attempt a trade for Lowrie and Cespedes. Not sure what we’d have to give up, but as long as it didn’t include Wheeler or Syndegaard, it would be worth it.