Jed Lowrie returning to Oakland A’s was inevitable
By David Hill
The Oakland A’s seem to have figured out the secret to Jed Lowrie. He has appeared in over 100 games just five times in his major league career, all of which happened to be in Oakland. That includes his 139 appearances last season, a remarkable amount considering that he had just nine appearances in his previous two seasons combined.
Given that history, it is not a surprise that the two sides would have been interested in a reunion. In fact, it was safe to say that it was inevitable. His return to the A’s was not a shock whatsoever.
Jed Lowrie can still make impact for Oakland A’s
Lowrie had a relatively hot start for the A’s before predictably fading down the stretch. Nonetheless, he still had a solid overall showing in 2021, posting a .245/.318/.398 batting line in his 512 plate appearances, hitting 14 homers and 28 doubles. Although he lost playing time to Josh Harrison over the final few weeks, it was still a solid showing.
The A’s have plenty of openings on their roster. While Tony Kemp is expected to play a major role during the upcoming season, he could be needed in the outfield as well. There was an opening at second base, and Lowrie would come cheaply.
To be fair, there were not likely to be many teams beating Lowrie’s door down with offers. He will be 38 years old at the start of the season, and with his injury history, it is safe to assume very few teams were interested. In fact, there may have been just one team – the A’s.
And that is perfectly fine. The A’s have been able to figure out how to get the most out of him and keep him in the lineup. If this means that they land another major league caliber bat for their lineup at a discount, so much the better.
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Jed Lowrie is back with the Oakland A’s. This signing became even more inevitable as the offseason continued on.