If you asked me months ago what happens with Jed Lowrie in 2020, I wouldn’t have thought about a trade. His $10 million contract for the upcoming season puts a bad taste in my mouth. The Mets have reportedly shopped him this winter, though, and even the Oakland Athletics have shown some slight interest.
There is, of course, a major caveat. The Mets would need to eat a portion of Lowrie’s salary.
Alternatively, they could pair Lowrie with a more desirable trade chip such as Dominic Smith. I don’t like it. I’m also not the one signing the checks, making the hard decisions, or getting blasted on the Internet for how I’m handling the team.
I do have some hope the Mets find a way to trade Lowrie. He’s a poor fit for a team with plenty of infielders. If they could somehow shed his salary, there’s a chance they can land a free agent or maybe even make a separate trade.
The American League seems like a logical landing spot for Lowrie thanks to the existence of the DH. He’s now in his mid-30s, likely setting up for more innings as an offense-exclusive player. Never a dazzling defender, this is the ideal situation for him.
The Mets don’t have to trade Lowrie. As a backup infielder, he’s not a bad option to have around. This late into the offseason, trading him feels more about saving a few bucks than it does freeing up payroll to go out and make another move.
Mets fans have no attachment to Lowrie. I don’t think anyone will shed a tear if he’s traded. Unlike the other men on this list, he’s someone we could see Van Wagenen move without much regret.