Free agent infielder Jed Lowie and the New York Mets

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Free agent infielder Jed Lowie and the New York Mets

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NEW YORK (AP) —have agreed to a $20 million http://www.royalsfanproshop.com/authent ... ins-jersey , two-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Thursday because the agreement is subject to a successful physical.Lowrie is a switch-hitter who turns 35 in April and is coming off his first All-Star season. Like new Mets second baseman Robinson Cano, he used to be represented by Brodie Van Wagenen, co-head of CAA Baseball before he became New York’s general manager in October. Like Van Wagenen, Lowrie played baseball at Stanford.While Lowrie played mostly second base for the Oakland Athletics during the past three seasons, he figures to see time at third and first with the Mets, who acquired Cano from Seattle last month.Lowrie is the fifth All-Star added by the Mets this offseason, following Cano http://www.royalsfanproshop.com/authent ... ins-jersey , closer Edwin Diaz, catcher Wilson Ramos and reliever Jeurys Familia, traded to Oakland last summer and then re-signed by New York as a free agent.A veteran of 11 major league seasons, Lowrie set career highs with 23 homers and 99 RBIs last year and hit .267. He also has played for Boston and Houston, and he has a .262 career big league average with 104 homers and 509 RBIs.He struck out a career-worst 128 times last year, up from 100 in 2017 and 65 in 2016, when he was limited to 87 games because of a bruised right shin and a bunion on his left foot that needed surgery.Lowrie completed a contract that paid $28 million over four seasons. NEW YORK (AP) — Mets captain David Wright believes he will return to the New York Mets this season.The 35-year-old third baseman participated in a simulated game before Saturday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies. He faced Anthony Swarzak and Tim Peterson and hit an opposite-field homer to right-center off Peterson for his only hit.Wright has not played in a major league game since May 27, 2016 Alcides Escobar Jersey , because of neck, back and shoulder injuries that required surgery.“I think so,” Wright said when asked if he thought the Mets would clear him to play this year. “The communication has been fantastic.”Wright hit .171 with two RBIs in 41 at-bats during 12 games of a minor league injury rehabilitation assignment from Aug. 12-29.“Where he got to at the end of the 20 days was not where we thought he needed to be,” Mets assistant general manager John Ricco said Friday. “Honestly, it does get more difficult to foresee a situation where he could come back to that level.”Wright intends to have another simulated game Tuesday and then meet with chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon, a son of owner Fred Wilpon. Jeff Wilpon watched Saturday’s session.“The last thing that I want to portray is that there is some sort of rift between the Mets and I. That’s false,” Wright said. “There’s been communication, and I know where they stand and they know where I stand. So the communication http://www.royalsfanproshop.com/authent ... ins-jersey , especially recently, has been fantastic and I look forward to meeting Jeff in the coming days and formulating a game plan from here to the end of September.”A seven-time All-Star, Wright has salaries of $20 million this year, $15 million next season and $12 million in 2020, the final year of his deal. If the Mets reinstate him from the 60-day disabled list, it would likely diminish the amount of insurance money they could collect on his contract.“There’s been an open dialogue and, obviously, I want to play Jorge Soler Jersey , and understandably there’s some hurdles that I have to clear before that,” Wright said.Wright fielded grounders in addition to hitting.“I’d like to have some better at-bats,” Wright said.Mets manager Mickey Callaway was impressed with Wright’s defensive footwork and his throws across the diamond.“You can see some things. More importantly it’s David feeling things, and him knowing that he can go out there and perform,” Callaway said. “He’s played a ton of major league games. He’s going to know when that time comes.”The rookie manager understands how much of a different club the New York could have been with Wright.“We would have been a much, much better team because of his leadership and his ability to play this game,” Callaway said.Wright was on the disabled list from April 15 to Aug. 24, 2015 http://www.royalsfanproshop.com/authent ... ins-jersey , when he strained his right hamstring and then developed spinal stenosis. He returned late that season as the Mets won their first NL pennant since 2000 but has not played for them since May 2016. Dr. Robert Watkins operated that June 16 to repair a herniated disk in Wright’s neck. After Wright’s rehabilitation was slowed by shoulder pain last year, Wright had surgery Sept. 5 to repair his right rotator cuff, and Watkins performed a laminotomy in early October in which a bony layer over the spinal canal was removed to treat nerve compression.

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