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Jed Lowrie
Birthdate: 4/17/1984 (32 y, 11 m, 6 d)     Bats/Throws: B/R     Height/Weight: 6-0/190     Position: SS
Drafted: 2005 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1s, Pick: 15, Overall: 45, Team: Boston Red Sox
Contract: $23M / 3 Years (2015 - 2017) + 1 Option Years
RotoWire News: Lowrie, who faces an imminent challenge from promising prospect Franklin Barreto despite the latter's recent return to the minors, feels confident in his ability to hang on to his second base job for the duration of the season, John Hickey of The East Bay Times reports. "To get here, I had to perform," he said. "It's not any different now. The game doesn't change. I know I can help a team win, and it doesn't matter if it's here or somewhere else. That's what I do. I find a way to help teams win." (3/23/2017)
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Profile: Lowrie’s second stint with the Athletics began with a campaign to forget, as his .637 OPS in 2016 was his worst since he posted a .475 mark in 32 games in 2009. The veteran infielder spent the majority of his time at second base before a toe injury ended his season in early August. Missing playing time is nothing new for Lowrie, as he’s averaged under 90 games a year since he debuted in ‘08. Although Lowrie has never been known for his pop, his two total homers and .322 slugging percentage were particularly uninspiring, and his plate discipline numbers looked worse than they did the previous year and overall in his career. Lowrie was especially ineffective at home, hitting just .245/.289/.302 at the Coliseum vs. a .678 OPS on the road. Lowrie will turn 33 in the upcoming campaign, and a modest Oakland lineup coupled with only holding second-base eligibility at this point means his fantasy value may be at an all-time low. Optimists may hope to see what Lowrie can do at the plate when he is fully healthy -- he hit .290 with 15 home runs, 75 RBIs and 80 runs scored in a career-high 154 games for the A’s in 2013 -- but expectations should be kept in check. (Dylan Higgins)

The Quick Opinion: Lowrie was once again hampered by injuries last year, and the unfortunate effects were evident in his numbers at the plate. The veteran infielder is certainly past his prime, and his lack of upside playing second base in the Oakland lineup considerately limits his fantasy value until he proves he can be a healthy contributor.

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