Multiple tweets and smoke signals Thursday evening say the Mets will sign free agent infielder Jed Lowrie. And almost every Mets fan asks, “Why, exactly?”
The deal is said to be two years, $20 million. That seems to be an awful lot of money to add depth to an already crowded infield. Maybe another move is on the way? Maybe Brodie Van Wagenen does not believe in Jeff McNeil and/or Peter Alonso? Who knows?
Jed Lowrie can play every infield position, but he is primarily a second baseman. Didn’t Van Wagenen recently acquire some guy named Robinson Cano to play that position at $20 million per season for the next five years? It should be noted both Cano and Lowrie are former clients of Van Wagenen.
Lowrie is coming off the best year of his career — 23 homers and 99 RBIs, highs in both categories by a lot. But Lowrie turns 35 in April. Baseball history is littered with players who have big years at 34, then fall off a cliff after the dreaded 35th birthday.
It is good to see the Mets spending money. But this does not seem like a logical allocation.