Free-agent infielder Jed Lowrie is now represented by agent Casey Close of Excel Sports Management, tweets Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. He’d previously been a client of Brodie Van Wagenen and CAA Sports, but Van Wagenen’s decision to accept the position as the new general manager of the Mets sent Lowrie in search of new representation.
Lowrie, 35 in April, is the first of what could be several agency switches coming in the wake of Van Wagenen’s stunning appointment as the new GM in Queens. In shifting from CAA/Van Wagenen to Excel/Close, he’ll be jumping from one major agency/agent to another. Close is among the highest-profile agents in the industry, representing names like Derek Jeter, Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw, Jason Heyward, Masahiro Tanaka, Dexter Fowler and many more.
The switch-hitting Lowrie is coming off the best two-year stretch of a fine 11-year MLB career, having batted a combined .272/.356/.448 with 37 homers, 86 doubles and four triples in 1325 plate appearances over the past two seasons with the Athletics. While both Lowrie and the Athletics organization have made mutual interest in a reunion publicly known, there’s yet to be a new agreement brokered between the two sides. Of course, as Rosenthal points out, the fact that Lowrie has been in the process of finding a new agent — to say nothing of the fact that his former agent was going through an intense interview process — has likely slowed things down.
While Lowrie has indicated that he’d like to return to the A’s, however, he’ll surely find a robust market in free agency. He’s a versatile defender capable of handling three infield spots, including terrific defense at second base, making him appealing to a wide number of clubs. Beyond the A’s, it wouldn’t be much of a surprise to see any of the Angels, Twins, Indians, Yankees, Red Sox, Nationals, Mets, Brewers, Cubs, Rockies or Dodgers (among others) at least explore the possibility of adding Lowrie into their infield rotations.
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