Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports that the Astros have agreed to terms on a three-year contract with free agent infielder Jed Lowrie. The deal is worth $23 million. There is a club option for 2018 at $5 million as well.
Lowrie played in Houston in 2012, hitting .244 with 16 homers and a .769 OPS in 97 games. He played for Oakland the past two years, hitting .271/.334/.405 as a full-timer.
He should be a full-timer in Houston, too, at least until Carlos Correa is ready to take over the position. At which point Lowrie could play second or third or wherever.
Twins DH Nelson Cruz hit his 400th career home run, a solo home run in the fourth inning of Sunday’s game against the Royals. The blast padded the Twins’ lead to 8-6, and was also No. 40 on the season for Cruz.
Cruz, 39, is the 57th member of the 400-homer club. He was previously tied with Andres Galarraga and Al Kaline at 399. Cruz has hit 163 of his homers with the Mariners, 157 with the Rangers, and 40 each with the Orioles and Twins.
Cruz entered Sunday batting .300/.383/.624 with 104 RBI in 500 plate appearances. Pretty good production for the Twins from a slugger on a one-year, $14.3 million contract. The Twins hold a $12 million club option for 2020 as well.