One of the newest members of the New York Mets, Jed Lowrie, is coming off his first All-Star campaign in 2018. What’s the best and worst that can happen during year one in Flushing?
The New York Mets have made it very clear that in 2019 they want to have as flexible of a roster as possible. They backed this vision up when they signed infielder Jed Lowrie to a two-year contract worth $20 million.
The signing caught many people by surprise, as the Mets already had a pretty crowded infield on paper at least. Even after adding Robinson Cano earlier in the offseason, it did not stop the Amazins from adding the 34-year-old switch hitter who is coming off an All-Star 2018.
With Lowrie expected to be starting primarily at third base every day, it will be interesting to see how the Mets decide to use him on a game to game basis. Lowrie does have experience playing around the infield, with an over 500 career starts at shortstop and over 400 starts at second base. He has only started 14 games for the Oakland Athletics at third base in 2018.
Having Lowrie creates lots of in-game flexibility for manager Mickey Callaway to use and the Mets should not shy away from that. Expect the Mets to shift Lowrie around quite a bit to get some other players some playing time and to give veterans like Cano a day off.
But like every signing, there are some concerns, as Lowrie is entering his age 35 seasons. With the 2018 All-Star setting career highs in home runs and RBI, last season has Lowrie already reached his plateau.
Taking everything into consideration, let’s examine the best and worst case scenarios for Lowrie in his first year with the Mets.