3) NY Mets fans were puzzled by the Jed Lowrie signing from the start
Jed Lowrie was a member of the 2019 and 2020 Mets. I swear!
It was a puzzling move. The veteran infielder was signed by a team that had already brought in second baseman Robinson Cano via trade. He could have been an option at third base if not for the presence of Todd Frazier over there. Plus, where was rising star Jeff McNeil going to play?
This was possibly the biggest Brodie Van Wagenen blunder of all. Lowrie was signed to a two-year deal worth $20 million. It was far more than his market value. It’s embarrassing to look back at the deal when it first occurred because already it felt wrong.
Lowrie would go on to get hurt in the spring and the mysterious leg injury lingered throughout 2019. He eventually received 8 plate appearances with a walk being his only moment of reaching first base. Lowrie didn’t play the field at all for the Mets. After a career-year for the Oakland Athletics in 2018, the Mets were stuck with a magician who could make $20 million disappear along with himself. This might be enough evidence to make Lowrie a D.B. Cooper suspect.
Fans can jump to conclusions with certain contracts. In these three instances, our guts were right. They were the wrong moves to make.