A person familiar with the negotiations said that the Mets and free-agent infielder Jed Lowie, who set career highs with 23 homers and 99 RBIs last year for the A’s, have agreed to a two-year, $20 million contract.
The deal is subject to a successful physical.
Lowrie, who turns 35 in April, is a switch-hitter who batted .267 and is coming off his first All-Star season. Though he played mostly second base for Oakland during the past three seasons, he figures to get time at third and first with the Mets, who acquired second baseman Robinson Cano from Seattle.
Oakland deemed Lowrie expendable after it acquired Jurickson Profar from the Rangers last month to play second base.
Lowrie, who played five seasons total in two stints with Oakland, is the fifth All-Star added by the Mets this offseason, following Cano, closer Edwin Diaz, catcher Wilson Ramos and reliever Jeurys Familia, traded to the A’s last summer and then re-signed by New York as a free agent.
•Also for the Mets, left-handed reliever Luis Avilan has agreed to a minor-league contract and will report to major-league spring training.
The 29-year-old Venezuelan held left-handed batters to a .220 (18-for-82) average last year, when he was 2-1 with a 3.77 ERA and two saves in 70 games for the White Sox and Philadelphia.
Buchter, A’s agree: Left-handed reliever Ryan Buchter and the A’s agreed to a $1.4 million, one-year contract to avoid salary arbitration. Buchter earned $555,000 last year.
Oakland announced the deal one day before salary figures are exchanged between arbitration-eligible players and their clubs.
Buchter went 6-0 with a 2.75 ERA in 54 games and 391/3 innings last season. He allowed only two of 30 inherited runners to score, the lowest percentage in the majors.
The A’s have five other players eligible for arbitration, including big-league home run champion Khris Davis.
Dozier to Nationals: Free agent infielder Brian Dozier and Washington reportedly agreed to a $9 million, one-year contract, subject to the successful completion of a physical exam.
Dozier, who played for Minnesota and the Dodgers last season, would fill the Nationals’ need for a starting second baseman and could help add some power to the lineup.
Dozier batted a career-low .215 with 21 homers and 72 RBIs last year, but averaged 35 homers over the preceding three seasons, with a career best of 42 for Minnesota in 2016. He was an AL All-Star in 2015 and won a Gold Glove in 2017.
Briefly: Seattle agreed to one-year deals with former A’s and Giants reliever Cory Gearrin ($1.5 million) and former Baltimore infielder Tim Beckham ($1.75 million). Gearrin was 2-1 with a 3.77 ERA in 62 games for the Giants, Texas and A’s last season. Beckham batted .230 with 12 homers and 35 RBIs in 96 games with Baltimore in 2018. … Free-agent outfielder Jon Jay and the White Sox have finalized a $4 million, one-year contract. Jay, 33, played for Kansas City and Arizona last season, batting .268 with three homers and 40 RBIs in 143 games.
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