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Free agent shortstop Jed Lowrie

By Brendan Kuty

A number of clubs have reached out to free agent shortstop Jed Lowrie, an industry source told New Jersey Advance Media Wednesday night.

The source said the clubs interested in Lowrie have particular infield needs they believe the 30-year-old could potentially fill.

Lowrie earned $5.25 million with Oakland last season. The Athletics didn’t extend the switch hitter a qualifying offer, so the team that signs him won’t have to surrender a draft pick.

Lowrie hit .249 with six homers and 50 RBI in 2014. He might have been in line for a bigger payday if he had become a free agent after his stellar 2013 campaign. That season, Lowrie hit .290 with 15 bombs and 75 RBI.

Defensively, Lowrie is viewed as a serviceable shortstop. But he could provide value elsewhere. He’s played 83 career games at third base and 58 at second base.

The Yankees could be among the teams interested in Lowrie. They don’t have a shortstop. Derek Jeter retired at the end of the 2014 season after holding the job full-time for 19 years.

Other teams the could be interested in Lowrie include the Dodgers, Blue Jays, Red Sox, Mets, Astros, Tigers, Nationals, Marlins and Reds.

By Brendan Kuty