The Athletics aren’t likely to give a $15.3 million qualifying offer to shortstop Jed Lowrie, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The club doesn’t have an immediate candidate to fill the void, though they could still bring Lowrie back. Slusser adds that the A’s aren’t likely to match if a team offers Lowrie three years.
Lowrie, 30, saw his offense dip this past season as he finished with a .249/.321/.355 slash line, six home runs, and 50 RBI. He suffered a fractured index finger in August, which may have affected his ability to swing the bat, as he managed just three extra-base hits in the month of September.
The Blue Jays announced on Monday the signing of lefty reliever Marc Rzepczynski to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. “Scrabble,” as he’s affectionately known, spent the first two and a half years of his career with the Blue Jays in 2009-11.
Rzepczynski, 34, hasn’t appeared in the majors since July 2018. He struggled across 44 2/3 innings with the Reno Aces, the Diamondbacks’ Triple-A affiliate, last year. He posted a 5.04 ERA with 36 strikeouts and 28 walks.
While lefty relievers are always high in demand, it seems likely that Rzepczynski will begin the regular season in the minors and serve as organizational depth for the Blue Jays.