The 33-year-old infielder has struggled with injuries throughout his career as he has only logged 100 or more games three times in 10 years. His third time doing so came this past season as he played in 153 games; one short of his career high.
Lowrie signed a three-year, $23 million contract with the Houston Astros in Dec. 2014. After one poor and injury-filled season in the Lone Star State, he was traded back to Oakland.
In his 153-game 2017 campaign, the switch hitter scored 86 runs, smacked 49 doubles, clubbed 14 home runs, drove in 69 runs, and batted .277/.360/.448/.808 in 567 at-bats.
When he wasn’t a designated hitter, he played all but three innings at second base. In 1,161 innings at the keystone, Lowrie had a -1.5 UZR/150 and -2 defensive runs saved which were actually his best marks at the position (with at least 200 innings) since 2010.
In terms of value, 2017 was his best season as he tied a career-high in fWAR with a 3.5 fWAR and set a career high in bWAR with a 4.0 bWAR.
The Mets’ search for a second baseman, whether internally or externally, continues.