OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jed Lowrie is returning to the Oakland Athletics for a third stint, with the infielder reaching agreement on a minor league contract Wednesday that includes an invitation to big league spring training.
Lowrie has played five seasons total for Oakland, in 2013-14 as starting shortstop on playoff teams and again from 2016-18 as a regular second baseman following a trade from AL West rival Houston in November 2015 following one year with the Astros.
“Oakland feels like home,” the 36-year-old Lowrie told A’s Cast, streamed on the club’s Web site.
A switch-hitter with a career .261 batting average, Lowie was limited the past two years by knee injuries and played only nine games in 2019 for the New York Mets and none last year. He has not played the field since 2018.
“Jed’s done his best work as an Oakland A,” manager Bob Melvin wrote in a text message. “He knows how we do things and is very comfortable with us. Having another veteran presence with versatility is a bonus.”
Lowrie spent the first four years of his big league career, from 2008-11, with the Red Sox.
Oakland’s pitchers and catchers report to spring training in Mesa, Arizona, on Tuesday. The first full-squad workout is set for Feb. 22.
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