When looking at the list of 2021 MLB free agents an interesting name that jumps out is Jed Lowrie. He has unfortunately been injured the last two seasons as a member of the New York Mets but was a highly productive player for two straight seasons with the Oakland Athletics before that. Now a 36-year-old free agent, it’s fair to wonder what 2021 will look like for Lowrie.
2021 MLB Free Agents: Infielders
Jed Lowrie is one of the names on the list of infielders that are 2021 MLB free agents. Lowrie was a shortstop and third baseman earlier in his career but since 2016 he has played almost exclusively at second base. While there are a bunch of 2021 MLB free agents that play second base, most of them are in their 30s as well and few of them have ever put together a season as good as Lowrie’s last healthy season back in 2018.
Jed Lowrie Prime Years
There’s not much to say about his time with the Mets. He was injured for basically the entire duration and only had eight plate appearances over two seasons. Prior to that, he really broke out in a big way at the plate with the Athletics in 2017 and followed it up with an All-Star season in 2018 where he slashed .267/.353/.448 with 23 home runs and 99 RBIs. This is why former Mets General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen paid him 20 million dollars over two years to join the Mets starting in the 2019 season. Unfortunately for all involved, injuries prevented him from ever even getting a chance to live up to his contract before joining the 2021 MLB free agents pool this offseason.
Who Is Jed Lowrie Now?
This is the huge question that teams need to ask when debating whether or not to bring him in for another shot. At his age, it’s fair to suggest that his best years may be long gone at this point. He’s on the wrong side of 35 and really hasn’t even played for two years. The hope for Lowrie, and for a team that may decide to sign him, is that he will fully regain his health and pick up where he left off from his 2018 All-Star campaign. Though that may sound unrealistic given the timeline and all other factors involved, it may be worth the gamble if the price is right.
Jed Lowrie Prediction
There is not a ton of upside included within this infield group of 2021 MLB free agents besides DJ LeMahieu who has not yet signed with anyone. Youth is not on the side of many of the options available and it doesn’t seem like there is a real game-changer on the list. It is more a collection of role players and veterans to round out a roster and there is nothing wrong with that.
Because of this, I believe that a team will take a chance on Lowrie with a one-year deal to see if he has anything left in the tank. It will likely be with a team that is looking for a veteran bat to come off the bench where he can hopefully regain some of his 2018 form and possibly even win a regular role. Jed Lowrie is one of the many uncertainties in this 2021 MLB free agents class and it will be interesting to see who, if anyone, decides to bring him in.
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