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"Even at that, I don’t dislike the signing. The price is incredibly cheap, valuing Lowrie as a one-win player off of a pair of four-win seasons. If he’s a bench bat who makes 60 starts, he’ll be worth the investment. I do think the Mets have created a high-maintenance roster for Mickey Callaway, and that could be a challenge for the second-year manager. Still, it’s hard to beat up the Mets, or any team, for trying to win in the short term. We need more of these signings, not fewer."