The Milwaukee Brewers are reportedly interested in acquiring the services of former Oakland Athletic second baseman Jed Lowrie.
The Milwaukee Brewers continue their search for a new second baseman heading into the 2019 season. Already this offseason, they’ve been connected to players like Ian Kinsler and Daniel Murphy. Now, former Oakland Athletic Jed Lowrie appears to be the focus.
According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Milwaukee is taking a look at acquiring Lowrie’s services. The 34-year-old second baseman is coming off his first All-Star season where he hit 23 home runs and racked up 99 RBIs, both career-highs. It was his second straight campaign where he put up impressive numbers at the plate.
Also noteworthy is Lowries ability to be a switch-hitter. This gives him and whichever team signs him some flexibility. However, given his advanced age, his downfall might come faster than most expect.
That would be okay for the Brewers because they are only looking for a one or two year stopgap until the likes of Mauricio Dubon or Keston Hiura are ready to contribute at the major league level. Unfortunately, Lowrie and his camp will likely be looking for a three-year deal since it will be his last chance at a multi-year deal. Whether the two sides can come to an agreement on the length might be the deciding factor
Lowrie certainly fits the boxes the Brewers are looking for in their next second baseman, but don’t expect general manager David Stearns to play into Lowrie’s hand if the terms of the deal aren’t’ right. Stearns has shown the discipline to stay patient and wait for a player to come available at the right price.
Whether it’s Lowrie or another player, Milwaukee will have to make a move to acquire a major league level infielder at some point this offseason. So make sure you stay tuned to Dairyland Express, as we’ll continue to have all the latest updates and rumors.