Mets outfielder and former Gold Glove winner suffered through injury plagued 2016.
Since Juan Lagares was signed to a contract extension after his 2014 campaign, it’s been a rough go over the last two seasons. The former Gold Glove winner and current Mets outfielder went through an injury plagued year last season.
That came on the heels of a dip in offensive production in 2015. Yet Lagares can certainly still recapture what netted him a deal worth $23 million guaranteed. At least defensively, Lagares remains a huge asset to this club. While his offensive numbers have been down of late, there are hints in his approach that if he sticks with, will result in a return to closer to his ’14 numbers.
A concern going forward is if the injury bug is starting to bite Lagares harder. He did suffer a shoulder injury while playing winter ball. It’s a sigh of relief that he is expected to be ready for spring training, but Lagares is coming off a season in which he suited up in just 79 games. There is now a little more concern about Lagares’ ability to stay healthy.
With all that said, let’s review the shortened season for Lagares and what to look forward to in 2017.