Mets sign in­fielder Lowrie to two-year deal

Lodi News-Sentinel - - QUICK HITS - — Steven Mar­cus, Newsday

The New York Mets have added some in­field depth, sign­ing vet­eran Jed Lowrie to a two-year deal worth $20 mil­lion, a source con­firmed Thurs­day evening.

Lowrie, 34, has played 11 MLB sea­sons, the last three with the Oak­land A’s. He has a .262 av­er­age and .335 on-base per­cent­age with 104 home runs and 509 RBIs in 1,109 games.

Lowrie was an All-Star last sea­son in Oak­land. He hit .267 with a .353 OBP and ca­reer-highs in home runs (23) and RBIs (99) in 157 games.

Pre­dom­i­nantly a sec­ond base­man, Lowrie played 136 games there last sea­son and 14 at third base. But he’s played the most games (508) at short­stop in his ca­reer.

Ear­lier in the day, the Mets an­nounced the sign­ing of seven-year vet­eran Luis Avi­lan to a mi­nor-league con­tract with an in­vi­ta­tion to spring train­ing.

Avi­lan, 29, pitched for the White Sox and Phillies last sea­son, go­ing 2-1 with two saves and 3.77 earned run av­er­age over 45 1/3 in­nings. He to­taled 51 strike­outs in 70 ap­pear­ances.

Avi­lan has held left-handed bat­ters to a .213 bat­ting av­er­age in his ca­reer, which in­cluded stops with the Braves and Dodgers. He has a 19-10 ca­reer record with two saves and a 3.09 ERA in 399 ap­pear­ances.

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