Jed Lowrie, New York Mets agree to $20 million, 2-year contract

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 traded for 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 more than doubled his 2018 salary of $555,000.

Oakland announced the deal one day before salary figures are exchanged between arbitration-eligible players and their clubs.

Buchter, a key member of the bullpen for AL Manager of the Year Bob Melvin, went 6-0 with a 2.75 ERA in 54 games and 391/3 innings. 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, particularly important if outfielder Bryce Harper ends up leaving the Nationals as a free agent.

Dozier batted a career-low .215 with 21 homers and 72 RBIs last year.

Briefly: Free-agent outfielder Jon Jay and theWhite 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. … An arbitrator has denied a grievance filed by the Major League Baseball Players Association on behalf of Carter Stewart, who failed to sign with Atlanta last summer and will be eligible for this year’s amateur draft. Stewart, a right-handed pitcher from Eau Gallie High School in Florida, was selected by the Braves with the eighth overall pick in last year’s draft, and negotiations were complicated by a wrist injury. Because he didn’t sign, the Braves get an extra selection in the first round this June, the ninth pick overall.

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