June 17, 2021

Jed Lowrie’s bad contract is far from team’s worst (New York Post)

You ask, we answer. The Post is fielding questions from readers about New York’s biggest pro sports teams and getting our beat writers to answer them in a series of regularly published mailbags. In today’s installment: the Mets.

Is Jed Lowrie the worst free-agent signing in Mets history? — @AlexanderGoHamm

Lowrie’s two-year deal worth $20 million certainly doesn’t look great, but it’s hard to call it the worst.

I would probably start with the four-year contract for $66 million the Mets gave Jason Bay before the 2010 season after deciding they didn’t want to negotiate with Scott Boras to pursue Matt Holliday. Bay started slowly with the Mets, sustained two concussions and was bought out from the final year of his deal. The Mets received all of 26 home runs over three seasons for their money.

Yoenis Cespedes received a four-year contract worth $110 million before the 2017 season. The payout will be reduced by his restructured contract following the accident on his ranch last spring and prorated salary for this season, but the Mets received limited production from him in 2017 and ’18. Then came an entire season lost, and now he is attempting to return and…

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