Jed Lowrie agrees to three-year deal with Houston
Free agent shortstop Jed Lowrie has agreed to a three-year deal with the Houston Astros that contains a club option for 2018.
The deal is reportedly worth $23 million guaranteed.
Lowrie, who turns 31 in April, hit .249/.321/.355 with 6 home runs this past season for Oakland.
According to reports, Lowrie will play shortstop in Houston for the time being, but may eventually shift off the position.
The Mets reportedly had some interest in Lowrie, or at least more interest in Lowrie than they do in free agent shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera.
Of the free agent shortstops that have been linked to the Mets (Asdrubal Cabrera, Stephen Drew, and Lowrie), it was Lowrie who seemed like the most intriguing one.
Yes, Lowrie struggled in 2014, but his campaigns in both 2012 and 2013 – where he hit 16 and 15 home runs respectively while slugging above .438 both seasons – gave any acquiring team a reason to hope that Lowrie’s 2014 was a bit of an aberration.
With Lowrie’s deal paying him just a shade over $7 million per season, one would hope that if the Mets were legitimately interested in him, they would’ve at least matched that offer in terms of average annual value if not length.
Still, like most of the shortstop options that are out there, Lowrie is far from perfect.
While Lowrie’s defense at shortstop was average to a tick below up until 2013, it’s been quite bad since then, with Lowrie having been worth -18 DRS in 2013 and -10 DRS in 2014.
If he could’ve been had for two seasons at or a tick above $7 million annually, Lowrie would’ve been a solid gamble for the Mets.
However, with Lowrie living in Houston and the Astros offering three years guaranteed, there’s a chance that the Mets would’ve been on the outside looking in even if they decided to make a serious bid.
As it stands, the Mets continue to be in need of a legitimate shortstop to replace Wilmer Flores. And as was the case when this offseason began, an option via the trade market (Brad Miller, Chris Taylor, Jurickson Profar), represents the Mets’ best chance to upgrade.