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Mets Season in Review: Juan Lagares

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Jul 22, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) connects for a base hit during the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 22, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) connects for a base hit during the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
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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.

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