Hey, considering that Lagares is near the end of his contract, he has every reason to be motivated to play well now. Either way, we’ll take it.
Broxton is readily known for his defense, not his offense…at all. Could mean the Mets are doen with Juan Lagares.
Lagares is a great defender and hits left-handers really well, but he’s also injury prone. Still he’d be ideal for a team seeking a platoon option when paired with a lefty hitter could really use him in center field. Plus, with the surplus of outfielders the Mets have, I think you could trade Lagares for a quality reliever, knock out some payroll and have Michael Conforto and/or Brandon Nimmo handle left and center field until Yoenis Cespedes gets back.
Regardless what the future still holds, injuries will always define Juan Lagares’ Mets career. Never has Lagares, the Mets’ Gold Glove center fielder, enjoyed a full, healthy big league season. This year, he did not come particularly close.
Lagares is expected to miss the rest of the season after tearing a ligament in the big toe of his left foot, the Mets announced Friday. The team placed him on the 10-day disabled list, reinstating reliever Jerry Blevins from paternity leave, with plans to send Lagares for surgery next week.
“It’s going to hurt us a little bit,” manager Mickey Callaway said. “We counted on Juan off the bench at times. He was probably in a situation where he was going to start playing a little more than he had, with some guys out. It’s going to hurt us.”
To think, I was going to write a post demanding that Lagares be named the starting CF and then comes this news…smh. It’s like we’re cursed sometimes. Time for Conforto and Nimmo to step it up. We don’t have any other choice.