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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 15: Jason Bay #44 of the New York Mets is walked to the dugout after being injured on a play in left field during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field on June 15, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 15: Jason Bay #44 of the New York Mets is walked to the dugout after being injured on a play in left field during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field on June 15, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 07: Jed Lowrie #4 of the New York Mets in action against the at Citi Field on September 07, 2019 in New York City. The Phillies defeated the Mets 5-0. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Jed Lowrie would get at least one hit as a Met

This really did not seem like much to ask. When the Mets signed Jed Lowrie to a two-year deal in January 2019, he was coming off of an All-Star season with the Oakland A’s that landed him at number two on MLB Network’s “Top 10 Second Basemen Right Now” list entering the 2019 season. He was expected to provide quality infield depth alongside the recently-acquired Robinson Cano, who ranked as the fourth-best second baseman in baseball at that time and add a potent veteran bat into the Mets lineup.

Unfortunately, Lowrie was a mysterious presence in the Mets organization almost as soon as he arrived in spring training. A series of knee injuries and setbacks with ever-increasing severity limited him to just seven at-bats as a Met, all of them in September 2019.

After an initial MRI in February 2019 for a sore left knee, Lowrie had a myriad of injuries over the next couple of years including a capsule strain, a hamstring strain, and something called “PCL Laxity” that I guarantee no Mets fan had heard of before this news broke. Lowrie was such a non-factor for the Mets that his very existence was questioned by the entire fanbase, to the point where our trusty beat writers had to send out tweets like this.

The fact is, I have the same amount of hits in a Mets uniform as Jed Lowrie. Given that he is an MLB player and I am not, this does not reflect well on the Lowrie signing.

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